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Hundreds evacuated in central Christchurch after Sunday's earthquake.

WHAT HAPPENED

A severe magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Christchurch at 1.13pm on Sunday.

It was centred 13km off the east coast of Christchurch, at a depth of 14km. 

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Geonet originally classified the quake as at 5.9 magnitude shake, but subsequently downgraded their rating. They list it as "severe". It was felt as far away as Wellington. The 2011 earthquake struck in the same area.

There have been several aftershocks so far, including a 3.6 magnitude earthquake at 5.44pm, and a 4.2 magnitude earthquake at 6.27pm. 

The Ministry of Civil Defence said there was no risk of tsunami anywhere in New Zealand after the earthquake.

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The moment Sunday's 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit caught on camera.

No issues have been found with the city's water supply and drinking water is safe to drink.

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All major roads and bridges were open on Monday morning.

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Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, says the people of Christchurch will cope with the latest quake.

There was substantial cliff collapse at Whitewash Head overlooking Taylor's Mistake – these are in the Residential Red Zone. There was considerable cliff collapse at Godley Head.

Material came off the cliffs behind Wakefield Ave at the back of the bowling club, but nothing reached the road.

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Considerable material has also come off Peacocks Gallop, however nothing has reached the road due to the protection in place.

Spark said on Monday all was clear on the mobile network.

IAIN MCGREGOR

Liquefaction spewed out of the ground outside Danny Morris' property on Broadhaven Ave, Parklands, after the earthquake.

The Ministry of Education's head of sector enablement and support said Christchurch Girls' High School, Aranui High school and St Thomas of Canterbury would be shut on Monday.

IS ANYONE HURT?

As of 8:45am on Monday no serious injuries or building damage had been reported.

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Cliffs collapsing at Sumner.

Huge clouds of dust rising in Sumner the moment the quake struck almost blocking the view.

Hamish Pringle and his family were no more than 200m from a cliff that collapsed during Sunday's quake.

A pair of friends found their walking track at Taylors Mistake began cracking beneath their feet during the quake.

Richmond Hill cliff collapse and dust over Sumner just after shaking stops (as seen from Scarborough Hill).

Richmond Hill cliff collapse and dust over Sumner just after shaking stops (as seen from Scarborough Hill).

People watch on as huge dust clouds rise have Talyor's Mistake, where a cliff collapsed in Sunday's earthquake.

Dust coming off slips at gun emplacements at Godley Head during earthquake.

Liquefaction on Linkwater Way in Parklands.

Christine Tucker's front fence after the quake.

Tina Bell at her house on Linkwater Way in Parklands with a pool that broke in the earthquake.

Huge clouds of dust rise in Sumner, almost blocking the view, following Sunday's earthquake. ,

Liquefaction is blocking this New Brighton street.

The Valentines day 5.7 quake caused more of the already damaged front of Christ Church Cathedral to fall away.

Danny Morris checks out the liquefaction outside his Broadhaven Ave house in Parklands.

China and dinnerware litter the floor in Briscoes after the shaking stopped.

Stock fell from shelves during the quake.

A bit of a mess at a garden shop Christchurch's eastern suburbs.

Briscoes is a complete mess following Sunday's earthquake.

Once again, liquefaction is a problem.

Rocks and boulders were shaken from cliffs Takamatua, Akaroa.

Visitors to the COCA gallery were evacuated when the Valentines day 5.7 quake hit.

Speights Ale House is a mess after Sunday's earthquake.

The 5.7 quake made a bit of mess at Speights Ale House in Christchurch.

Dust rises over the beach following the 5.7 earthquake near Christchurch on Sunday.

Parts of the Christchurch Cathedral have come away during Sunday's earthquake.

Buildings were evacuated after a 5.9 quake hit near Christchurch on Sunday.

Items were thrown from the shelf in this store during Sunday's earthquake in Christchurch.

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St John said they had an immediate increase in calls just after the quake, mostly for minor injuries sustained by people running during the quake.

Thousands of people reported feeling the quake, and many stores reported damage to merchandise.

Westfield Riccarton mall, Northlands Shopping Centre, Ballantynes and The Colombo were evacuated. More damage to the ChristChurch Cathedral was reported. 

The site of the quake, about 15km east of Christchurch.
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The site of the quake, about 15km east of Christchurch.

CLAIMS AND DAMAGES

People would have three months to lodge a claim with the Earthquake Commission for damage to their homes, land or contents from Sunday's earthquake. 

EQC would increase the number of contact centre staff from Monday to handle any increase in calls, EQC chief executive Ian Simpson said. 

People could make a claim by phoning 0800 DAMAGE. The call centre would be open from 7am to 9pm. People could leave a message outside those hours. 

Geotechnical engineers were out on Sunday assessing damage, Simpson said. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO DO AND KNOW 

  • Aftershocks are to be expected. You should be ready to stop, cover, and hold at all times.
  • Residents should check their properties for damage. Minor damage should be photographed and documented. If the building appears at all unsafe it should be evacuated immediately, using stairs instead of lifts.
  • Burwood mums and babies who were in the Burwood Maternity Unit at the time of the first quake have been temporarily moved to other facilities as a precaution while that facility is checked.
  • Any mums expecting to go to Burwood today or on Monday should check in with their midwife.
  • General Practices, pharmacies, after hours services and the hospital emergency department are operating as normal, with no increase in patient numbers at this point.
  • According to the Ministry, no schools have reported any damage as a result of the shake. 
  • Elderly and vulnerable neighbours should be checked on as soon as possible.
  • Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not overload phone lines with any non-emergency calls. Spark urged people to use text messages or data where possible.
  • While outside be wary of fallen power lines or small fires.
  • NZTA said the Lytlleton tunnel has been checked and re-opened following the tremor. 
  • The University of Canterbury has been cleared to reopen by structural engineers who have inspected key indicator buildings. All Halls of Residence are also open. Classes and all other planned programmes and activities will continue as normal.

 

 

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