Australia has about 40 rescuers in New Zealand's city of Christchurch, where in the morning on February 22 there were three major earthquakes. The agreement was reached on the results of the conversation heads the Australian government and Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of New Zealand John Kay, reports ABC.
In New Zealand were sent medical teams, search and rescue teams, as well as electricians, which should help in the restoration of power. Australian rescuers already landed at the air base in Blenheim and went to Christchurch.
Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in the morning on February 22, were then recorded two more tremors 5.6 and 5.5 on the Richter scale. At the moment, reported 65 dead in the disaster, but Dzh.Key said that the death toll could rise.
The earthquake destroyed many houses, streets sunk to a depth of one to two meters, the local airport has stopped working, about 80% of the buildings in the city were without electricity. Cathedral of Jesus Christ, built 147 years ago, and the Cathedral of the Holy Sacrament, built in the early 20th century, have been hit hard. The first victims of the tragedy were passengers of two buses, which collapsed building. Under the rubble are still dozens of people.
In New Zealand, on Tuesday was the second day of an earthquake of magnitude 4.4. Earthquakes have been recorded in 10 km east of Lyttelton at a depth of 5 km. By eliminating the natural disaster brought all available resources, including firefighters, police and military personnel.
After the earthquake in New Zealand fell glacier
The earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch with the largest glacier of the country — Tasman — got away 30 million tons of ice, according to RIA Novosti. Recall that the end of the Southern Alps Tasman Glacier is located about 200 km from the stricken city, writes Washington Post.
As established by seismologists, the epicenter of the earthquake was located in the vicinity of Christchurch, the focus earthquakes occur at a depth of 4 km. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3. It is currently known about the death of 65 people, 200 more may remain under the debris.
Southern Alps form the mountain barrier along the west coast of the South Island, where Christchurch is located. Coming down from Mount Cook Tasmanian glacier 27 km is the largest in New Zealand.
Christchurch City Hall announced the introduction of a state of emergency, like Today.Kz. Mer Christchurch Bob Parker said: "Everyone should understand that we are waiting for a rainy day in this severely affected the city. I received a message on passenger buses, trapped under the rubble of buildings destroyed by the high-rise parking lots, as well as entire streets, where people were trapped in the collapsed houses. "
Dozens of homes, including historic monuments, completely destroyed. Christchurch International Airport is fully closed, resulting in canceled dozens of international and domestic flights. There is an acute shortage of ambulances. As the head of the New Zealand Service for Civil Defence John Hamilton, the liquidation of consequences of natural disasters brought all available resources, including firefighters, police and military personnel, but this may not be enough. Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key has already left the affected areas in order to familiarize themselves with the scale of the tragedy.
Source: The Truth
New Zealand: Hundreds remain under the rubble, there was water on the pavement
At least 200 people are under the rubble of collapsed houses in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. A few hours ago there was an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale. Reported 65 years dead, but the death toll could rise. In the kingdom coming evening. The army and police will continue to rake the rubble as darkness falls.
"We do not know what the threat is coming. Perestrahuemsya why we are better, and will take all possible security measures. If we can, from the center of the city evacuate everyone. Police cordoned it to go there, no one could get through. Army and they will help in this, "- said the head of the Ministry of Civil Defence John Carter.
Built on soft soil of gravel and sand Christchurch — the largest city on the South Island of the country. The epicenter of earthquake was at a depth of four kilometers. Now appear on the streets frightening people water funnel.
Element struck at lunch — everything high-rise buildings in the center collapsed. Passers-down church spire.
The earthquake is already being called the most destructive in the past 80 years.