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Responding to New Zealand earthquake

Red Cross teams are helping families affected by the powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand's South Island.

Monday November 14, 2016

NZ Red Cross
New Zealand Red Cross teams are active across the country.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck 90km northeast of Christchurch late on Sunday night. A number of significant aftershocks were recorded.

At least two people are confirmed dead and hundreds have been displaced from unsafe buildings and damaged homes. A tsunami warning was issued but has since been scaled back to a threat of high waves. 

New Zealand Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to support affected communities. Australians can make a donation (not tax deductible) here.  

New Zealand Red Cross teams have been responding since the early hours of the morning. Teams are visiting families and providing support in the worst-affected communities in Kaikoura and Marlborough.  

Red Cross has provided portaloos, water supplies and radio communications in Ward, where several homes are damaged, and teams have been going door-to-door to check on residents.  

With water supplies affected, Red Cross will distribute water equipment and tap stands where needed.  

New Zealand  Red Cross is encouraging people to reach out to friends and family via text messages and social media while telecommunications are restored.

More information 

How to help family and friends after a disaster:
We have important tips on how to recover and cope with emergencies.

  • Coping with a major personal crisis
  • Looking after yourself and your family after a disaster
  • How to talk to children about emergencies
  • Helping children and young people cope with crisis