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.
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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
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.