UPDATED: 6.8 Earthquake hits East Coast /Gisborne New Zealand

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 20-Dec-2007 21:11

An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the richter scale and centered 50 km South East of Gisborne occured at 8:55pm this evening. Initial reports indicate that some damage may have occured in the area.

More details as they come to hand.

2115 : Reports of loss of power in some parts of Gisborne and broken windows in some houses

2145: A civil defence emergency has been declared. Reports indicate there have been some buildings collapse. No word on injuries.

2230: USAR Task Forces 1 & 3 have been activated and being deployed to Gisborne.

Further details available here



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Comment by Fiona, on 20-Dec-2007 22:08

Hi Steve, I was on the phone to my sister when the EQ hit and she was cut off in a state of panic. We could not get through on any phone lines as they were all down, even civil defense. Your website was the first I found with any news at all. Thanks very much, as that was a tense 10 minutes.....Keep up the great geek work.

Comment by isaac, on 20-Dec-2007 22:35

my son and wife are there how can i keep up to date please im freaken out with a tsunami warning

Author's note by sbiddle, on 20-Dec-2007 22:36

There is no tsunami warning in effect.

Comment by reid, on 20-Dec-2007 22:47

jeez my house is a mess. All i want for christmas is the power to stay on :(

Comment by Rachel, on 20-Dec-2007 22:53

I'm all the way down in Christchurch and it was quite strong here. I hope power is restored for you, I doubt there is a tsunami, it would have arrived by now. More information will arrise, and the full extent of the damage will be evident in the morning.

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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

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  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

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