A massive earthquake in Christchurch - news just coming in - kia kaha and much arohanui to all.
The cathedral tower is down
Stuff running report
Just spoke to mate - it is bad, buildings down, dust and tears. He is okay but many are not.
Confirmed deaths on radio and dozens of people trapped.
Mutiple fatalities in multiple locations including buses crushed by falling debris - radio
most if not all of the Christchurch civil defence leaders are in Wellington at a conference and the airport is down so they can't get straight in
power out to 80% of the city
rescue teams being formed to search collapsed buildings
65 confirmed dead - up to 200 perhaps still trapped in collapsed and burning buildings
Update - 75 confirmed dead, 300 still unaccounted for - over 120 people pulled out of rubble overnight