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  Reply # 442662 23-Feb-2011 10:03
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I was so angry and pissed off when I first heard the news then I got really sad, sobbing for 2 straight hours now I just feel profoundly sad and just... empty... I was devastated to see that the cathedral was destroyed, many beautiful buildings gone ...I feel sorry for anyone who has lost someone, my thoughts go out for you, the buildings can be rebuilt but the lives are lost forever... Mother Nature is not my mother any more... :((

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  Reply # 442672 23-Feb-2011 10:36
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someone asked for pictures... some are from NZHerald

 



The ChristChurch Cathedral in central Christchurch lost its spire after the magnitude 6.3 earthquake. Photo by Simon Baker

 



A damaged home at New Brighton in Christchurch. Photo by Brett Phibbs

 



Rescue workers on the collapsed Pyne Gould Guinness building in central Christchurch. Photo by Mark MitchelA damaged home at New Brighton in Christchurch. Photo by Brett Phibbs

 



The suburb of Bexley in Christchurch, following the earthquake. Photo by Brett Phibbs

 



Emergency services search the rumble for survivors of the collapsed CTV building in Madras Street, in Christchurch's CBD. Photo by Brett Phibbs

 



Rescue workers on a burning collapsed building in central Christchurch. Photo by Mark Mitchel

 



Manchester Street in central Christchurch after the earthquake. Photo by Simon Baker

 



Charlie "B"s Backpackers in central Christchurch after the earthquake. Photo by Simon Baker

 

Earthquake in New Zealand: Pictures From a "War Zone", National Geographic



Photograph from AP Photo/TVNZ via Associated Press Television News

 



Photograph by Martin Hunter, Getty Images

Debris from a collapsed building covers a bus in downtown Christchurch





Photograph by Martin Hunter, Getty Images

Rescuers listen for sounds of New Zealand earthquake survivors near a collapsed building





Photograph Mark Mitchell, AP Photo/New Zealand Herald

Cars sit abandoned amid flooded streets in suburban Christchurch



Christchurch quake: "This is it gone ... pile of bricks" [HQ] from NZ Herald's FB page

 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 442676 23-Feb-2011 10:52
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If you are in Wellington and want to help update http://eq.org.nz/ email eqnzfeb@gmail.com

I believe it will involve monitoring the SMS queue, updating the site, etc from a central Wellington office.

Discussion here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=48&topicid=77852

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  Reply # 442693 23-Feb-2011 11:23
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i live on durham street north in chch.. moved there a month ago.. its not pretty not at all




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  Reply # 442748 23-Feb-2011 13:48
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A good tip (off topic): if you are running out of battery change your voice mail greeting to let people know you are ok. This way even if you can't answer the phone they get the message.




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  Reply # 442750 23-Feb-2011 13:49
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Also, be careful of scammers, they are already active:


The emails, sent from "James McCoy" and claiming to be from "Donate4Charity NZ" use a legitimate UK-based charity organisation's name and website address.
The emails call for people to receive donated funds into their bank account from overseas for a 10% cut. This is a scam.





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  Reply # 442751 23-Feb-2011 13:51
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From Microsoft New Zealand:



INFORMATION FOR MICROSOFT CUSTOMERS IN CANTERBURY REGION

Support options available for Microsoft customers and partners in rebuilding IT capability. 

Microsoft New Zealand extends its heartfelt thoughts to the Kiwis affected by the earthquake that devastated Christchurch on 22 February.

Microsoft New Zealand is making the following support offerings available to affected customers and business partners.  We hope this will help our customers as they respond to the disaster and rebuild their IT capability in the coming weeks and months.

This offer is available for customers in the Canterbury Region for an initial 90 day period – Microsoft will review the offer and the period as we learn more about the precise assistance most commonly needed.


  • For consumers (typically with 1 or 2 standalone PCs) experiencing software issues related to Microsoft products, as they restart their PCs, or have to reload software on new PCs, please call our support line for free telephone based support on tel 0800 800 004 Option 1 and then Option 2.

  • For small businesses affected by the earthquake (typically with 1 or more PCs and Servers, and not actively managed by a Microsoft Customer or Partner Account Manager), Microsoft is making available telephone based service incident support calls free of charge by calling 0800 800 004. Option 1 and then Option 2.  

  • In addition to the above, Microsoft Managed Partners and Enterprise Managed Customers (defined as the Customers and Partners that have a Microsoft Account Manager) should contact their Account Manager to discuss how Microsoft can help or alternatively utilise the available free priority telephone based technical support (on tel 0800 800 004 Option 4) .


Microsoft is also making available to affected Microsoft Managed Partners and Enterprise Managed Customers, on a case-by-case basis, access to assistance and advice from our Consulting and Premier Support personnel, and access to free Microsoft Online Services (Microsoft Cloud based Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online and Office Live Meeting) for situations where their infrastructure is damaged to the point where they require an alternative messaging & collaboration suite on a temporary basis until such time as they can rebuild.  


 




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  Reply # 442752 23-Feb-2011 14:00
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From Vodafone New Zealand


Canterbury Earthquake
12pm Wednesday 23 February Update

Vodafone’s mobile network in the Canterbury region continues to be operational but due to the current demand on telecommunications we are experiencing some congestion. 

Power supply to the west of the Christchurch CBD has been restored but there is no current restore time for power in eastern parts of the city due to the extensive damage to supply infrastructure. Many of our sites in that area are currently working on back-up power and others are currently off the air due to exhausted back-up power sources. Generators have begun to arrive, sites are already being brought back online with further sites being connected as the morning progresses. Additional mobile cell sites are on their way to the region to be used where necessary.   

We ask customers to save their phones for emergency calls, and use txt for non-critical communications. We also ask that customers limit mobile data usage (Facebook, Twitter, video/picture messaging, email) as this puts strain on the network and may hamper rescue efforts.

Vodafone continues to work closely with Civil Defence, government agencies, other telecommunications providers and utilities to restore communications and provide assistance. Ongoing updates of the situation are also available on Vodafone’s website and Forum. The situation is rapidly changing and we will keep the media updated. Our thoughts are with the entire Canterbury community.

 




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  Reply # 442767 23-Feb-2011 14:42
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We are in Somerfield, i just rang the government helpline  to ask about drinking water suplies but it seems theyre mostly on the east side of town- nothing much available this way- be good if they could set somehting up this way. i dont really want to use up petrol driving back and forth each day but looks like we'll have to. But not everybody has that luxury of being able to, I did say to the person i spoke to that if we weretn able to get there then we would be pretty much screwed- he said yes! not very reassuring words

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  Reply # 442779 23-Feb-2011 15:06
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SCM:
vexxxboy: that's two earthquakes Snap has survived so im grateful for that, but what a mess, you have to wonder if Christchurch can keep going.


Snap are running on diesel generator atm with Commec working hard to keep the tanks full

Will be a challenge to keep diesel topped up when roads are blocked or congested....




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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  Reply # 442835 23-Feb-2011 17:10
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Vodafone New Zealand latest update:



Canterbury Earthquake
5pm Wednesday 23 February Update
Vodafone is continuing to bring its cell sites in the east of the city back online after the Christchurch earthquake. The company is deploying generators to the sites which are currently without power, but this work is being hampered by difficulties moving around the city.
 
Customers sending TXTs between the three networks (Vodafone, Telecom and 2Degrees) may experience some delays in those TXTs getting through, but Vodafone expects any backlog to be cleared over the next few hours.
 
The company’s earlier advice requesting customers to save their phones for emergency calls, and use txt for non-critical communications, still stands.  Vodafone also asks that customers limit mobile data usage (Facebook, Twitter, video/picture messaging, email) as this puts strain on the network and may hamper rescue efforts.

Vodafone also suggests that customers leave a temporary message* on their voicemail to let callers know the time and date, location and that they are OK. This provides some reassurance should mobile phone batteries go flat given the difficulties with power supply.

The next media update will be on Thursday morning.





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  Reply # 442874 23-Feb-2011 19:12
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Quick Question: Any ideas on how to dry out a carpet? Fish tank went down and flooded the lounge. Had heatpump on all day and will be on all night. Tried hairdryer and fan heaters as well but its having little effect. Any ideas appreciated.

PS: Now have power, water and internet. Been through Dallington, Linwood, St Martins and other parts of town today, damage is insane. Ute sitting in a hole in the road, roof only visible. House where the top story has fallen on the bottom:

House

No bridges were open there, took two hours to get home which was a dozen k's. Take care Cantabs!!

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  Reply # 442875 23-Feb-2011 19:20
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Put towels on the carpet and just walk on them till the water transfers to the towels.

Please don't be driving round for a "look". It's already a big problem in my area with people actually trying to work on fixing stuff.

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  Reply # 442877 23-Feb-2011 19:25
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DonGould: Put towels on the carpet and just walk on them till the water transfers to the towels.

Please don't be driving round for a "look". It's already a big problem in my area with people actually trying to work on fixing stuff.

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I wasn't sightseeing, I didn't want to drive through there but had no choice, trying to get home. Thanks for the tip!

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