September 17, 2019

Cardboard Cathedral planned for quake ravaged Christchurch

Plans for a temporary Christchurch Cathedral made from cardboard have been unveiled in the quake ravaged city today. The proposed temporary building designed as a substitute for badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral was outlined by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, The Press newspaper today … [Read more...]

NZ goldfish survive 134 days without food after quake

Two goldfish have survived 134 days without food following the Christchurch earthquake in February. The two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, have become the smallest and hardiest survivors of the devastating February earthquake in … [Read more...]

Old DC3 aircraft comes to the rescue for stranded ash cloud passengers

It first flew 67 years ago but a veteran DC3 aircraft is coming to the rescue for some New Zealand passengers left stranded by the volcanic ash cloud from the Chile Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. Even Air New Zealand was forced to cancel flights today to and from Christchurch, Dunedin and … [Read more...]

Latest Christchurch tremors on different faultline to February quake

Yesterday's major earthquakes in Christchurch,New Zealand were on a different faultline to the one which devastated the city on 22nd February seismologists say. GNS Science seismologist Bill Fry said yesterday's 5.6 and 6.3 earthquakes were on a fault structure 2-3km south of the Port Hills … [Read more...]

Far-right group plans “anti-Asian” rally

A far-right group based in Christchurch, New Zealand is planning a "massive anti-Asian rally" in Aucklands, Queen St after holding a recruiting drive in NZ's biggest city. The group calls itself The Right Wing Resistance and has been handing out flyers in areas with a high Asian population, … [Read more...]

Large 5.3 aftershock quake hits Christchurch

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has hit Christchurch at 1749 local time this evening. The aftershock was centred 10km north-east of Diamond Harbour at a depth of 11km. The Strategy building in Victoria Street tilted during the tremor and several nearby roads had been closed to the public, Civil … [Read more...]

Swedish couples honeymoon hits six natural disasters

Swedish couple Stefan and Erika Svanstrom with their baby daughter in tow, set off on their four month long honeymoon in 6th December 2010. By the time the Stockholm family got to Munich, Germany they were stranded in one of Europes worst snowstorms in living memory. After that, Stefan says, … [Read more...]

Prince William visits quake workers in Christchurch

Future King of England, Prince William has been visiting New Zealand on a tour to encourage suvivors of recent disasters there. He spent the day in Chistchurch visiting earthquake relief centres and walking through some of the worst affected areas. Such was the willingness of the Prince to … [Read more...]

Christchurch loses all Rugby World Cup Games

Christchurch, New Zealand has been stripped of all seven of its scheduled Rugby World Cup games following the devastating earthquake last month that has severely damaged the city. Christchurch's AMI Stadium, which has been badly damamged, was due to host pool games involving England, Argentina, … [Read more...]

NZ Christchurch earthquake mapped from space

Last months devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has been mapped from space using new radar imagery. The shallow magnitude 6.3 tremor killed over 200 people and shattered a modern city just geting back on its feet after a 7.1 earthquake in September 2010. Data gathered by the … [Read more...]

Christchurch quake claims estimate up to US$12b

International reinsurance giant, Swiss Re announced today that estimates of it's claims costs from the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand on 22 February 2011 to be approximately US$800m. They estimate the total insured claims for the insurance sector for the earthquake in New Zealand will … [Read more...]

Grieving families visit Christchurch earthquake sites

Grieving family members who have lost loved ones in the Christchurch earthquake toured the city's devastated Central Business District today. Around 150 New Zealanders and 250 foreign visitors viewed the quake damaged sites, including the devastated Canterbury TV Building and the destroyed Pyne … [Read more...]

NZ stops for two minutes to remember Earthquake victims

New Zealand will come to a stand still today, Tuesday, at 12.51pm, nzt, for two minutes silence to remember the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. It is exactly one week on from the devastating tremor that has so far claimed 154 lives and up to 80 more people still missing in the … [Read more...]

From rubble to altar – NZ Quake wedding goes ahead

Emma Howard spent the first 6 1/2 hours after the Christchurch earthquake "in a foetal position" in the rubble of the destroyed PCG Building. Managing to text her fiance during her ordeal, their planned wedding on the Friday must have seemed like an impossible dream. But today Emma Howard and … [Read more...]

Student Facebook army marches again to help Christchurch earthquake victims

A 10,000-strong army of student volunteers has been mobilised through social networking website Facebook to help those suffering following Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Sam Johnson, the super dude who helped organise the original student army that helped with the … [Read more...]