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Online resources people can use (Christchurch earthquake 2011 02 22)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Feb-2011 20:19

On Tuesday, 22 February 2011 at 12:51pm (NZDT) a 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch.

At the time of this post the death toll is confirmed at 98, but there is still work to be done, rescue operations in progress, so final numbers are unknown.

This list was updated 25th February 11:06 am (NZDT).

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Emergencies: call 111 from any phone

Government help line: 0800 779 997

Preferred online resources:

Business Help (seek and offer peer help to keep businesses running)

Civil Defence (check for frequent updates)

Christchurch Earthquake Crowdmap (map of events and people around Christchurch)

Google People Finder (add or search for people who are safe or missing)

Volunteer Army Quake Response (requests for non-life threatening tasks)


Other online resources:

Canterbury (response information by New Zealand government)

Canterbury (response information by Environment Canterbury)

Christchurch Quake Map (interactive map with latest earthquake movements)

Def Aotearoa (sign language status update)

EQ Viewer (Environment Canterbury map of events, shared content and notices)

Find A Room (site with listings of accommodation)

GIS resources (help with GIS, licences, software, etc)

Google Crisis Response (consolidate Google information, maps, tweets)

LivingAirSpace (shared office space, in Wellington, listing)

LivingAirSpace (shared office space, in Welllington, Trade Me listing)

Trade Me (links to different categories with free offers of help, accommodation)

Quakebeds (links to other resources)

Quakehelp (requests for needed items such as medicine, labour, etc)

#eqnz IRC Channel on Freenode (constant conversation, people discussing how to provide help online)

Wellington Airport Facebook page (some accommodation in Wellington region may be needed for stranded passengers, check current status)



ANZ (check for banking, branch and ATM information)

Bank of New Zealand ATM status (check for banking, branch and ATM information)

Kiwibank (check for banking, branch and ATM information)

National Bank (check for banking, branch and ATM information)



Donations to Christchurch Earthquake appeals (TVNZ page listing links to current appeals)

Give a little (donations)

New Zealand Red Cross (donations, help information)

Vodafone Red Alert TXT Donation (information on fund established by Vodafone New Zealand and how to donate here and in the UK)


ICT help:

Microsoft New Zealand (To affected home users, businesses, partners in the affected area)

MindKits (web hosting, payment gateways, technical support, network)

NZNOG Christchurch Earthquake Assistance (The New Zealand Network Operators Group assistance to network admins)

Unleash (offered colocation, hosting, virtual machines)

Where is My Server? (Virtual server, infrastructure to help businesses)

@velofille (contact her through Twitter for temporary servers to keep businesses running)


TV/radio coverage:

TVNZ Live Streaming

TV3 Live Streaming

Radio NZ news

Radio NZ audio stream



Tag #eqnz for all tweets related to the event

Tag #eqnzcontact for people trying to find more information about people they know in the area but can't be contacted

@CEQgovtnz (official stream)

@christchurchcc (official Christchurch City Council stream)

@CHC_Airport (Christchurch airport official stream)

@NZCivilDefence (the Civil Defence official stream)

@safeinchch (reporting people are safe in Christchurch)



Mobile operators are requesting people to use mobile phones for emergency and essential calls only. Networks can easily be overloaded. Users should rely on SMS for short messages, status update. Telecom New Zealand confirmed there are free WiFi hotspots at Telecom Riccarton Mall, Cafe Zero Cashmere Road + Westpac Centre Addington. If you're in Christchurch, conserve your mobile battery and change your voicemail to let people know you're safe.

Orcon is making landline calling in and out of South Island free until 25th February 2011 midnight.

Orcon network status (network status and general information on communication tools)

Telecom New Zealand Earthquake page (general information on communication tools, from 3am on Wednesday 23 February, 280 payphones in and around Christchurch will be have free calling for local, national and mobile calls)

Telecom New Zealand Facilities Finder (where to find WiFi hoptspots, free payphones, etc)

TelstraClear Christchurch Earthquake information (network updates)

TelstraClear Christchurch Earthquake Staff Support (for staff and families, TelstraClear staff in CHC can call 0508 633423 to check in)

Tomizone (Free WiFi Hostpots for at least next week)

Vodafone New Zealand Christchurch Earthquake Support (network status and general information on communication tools)

WorldxChange (network status and general information on communication tools)

Zenbu WiFi (check availability of WiFi hostposts by entering "Christchurch" in "Show zones" search box)



An email is going around asking recipients to act as intermediary to receive donations, with a 10% cut. This is a scam, as advised by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

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