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Cold, wet, change heading for Christchurch overnight

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Rain is on the way for Christchurch and WeatherWatch.co.nz says this is a good opportunity to collect more water.

A cold front bringing rain and lower temperatures is currently heading towards Christchurch and will arrive overnight.


Christchurch quake: More than 100 may have perished in CTV

Police say more than 100 people may have been lost in Christchurch's quake-ravaged Canterbury TV building, which they say is "unsurvivable".

The confirmed death toll from Tuesday's devastating magnitude 6.3 quake stands at 75, with 300 reported missing.


Our thoughts are with you Christchurch

WeatherWatch.co.nz would like to extend our deepest condolences to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury following yesterday's horrific earthquake.

We can confirm that our weather analyst Richard Green is safe and sound apart from a small cut to his head.  Richard was working in the city at the time of the quake.  Richard says his family are safe too which we are relieved to hear.


Quake shakes 30m tonnes of ice off glacier

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The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that devastated Christchurch was strong enough to shake 30 million tonnes of ice loose from Tasman Glacier at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Passengers of two explorer boats were hit with waves of up to 3.5 metres as the ice crashed into Terminal Lake under the Tasman Glacier at the mountain.


Red Cross person enquiry line now activated

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To make online donations to the NZ Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal please click here to visit the Red Cross website.


The New Zealand Red Cross Person Enquiry Line is now activated.

People in New Zealand concerned about the wellbeing of friends and relatives in Christchurch should call 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276).

If you are unable to contact a friend or relative in the Christchurch area, call the Red Cross Person Enquiry Line. Red Cross will be able to tell you if they have registered with Civil Defence.

People are encouraged to do this before reporting friends and relatives missing.


Christchurch Quake: 65 dead, but toll expected to rise sharply

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#eqnz -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has confirmed 65 deaths, Mayor Bob Parker says that number may double while New Zealand's TV3 News network estimates 200 to 300 may be dead following Tuesday's powerful and shallow 6.3 earthquake.

At least 100 people remain trapped in the ruins of Christchurch following a devastating earthquake which claimed at least 65 lives.

Prime Minister John Key announced Tuesday night that "at least 65 people have lost their lives" and noted the rescuers were still scrabbling through the ruins of collapsed buildings looking for injured and trapped survivors - and bodies.


Wet, cold, weather adds to Christchurch's weather woes

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Cold, wet, weather continues to affect Christchurch overnight local time reports WeatherWatch.co.nz.

Tonight's low is predicted to be around 10 degrees celcius with the current temperature at 12 degrees and very slowly falling. 

The latest NZ government rain radar shows bands of rain in the area, but it does show signs of easing overnight.


VIDEOS (2): Liquefaction immediately after quake

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Video showing liquefaction immediately after today's huge earthquake in Christchurch.


65 dead so far - NZ Prime Minister

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#eqnz -- BREAKING NEWS -- NZ Prime Minister confirms 65 dead so far.

Coverage from the last 60 minutes in Christchurch as reported by NZHerald.co.nz.

For the latest updates click the link at the bottom of this story


Deaths confirmed in Christchurch quake

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#EQNZ -- Latest Press release from Civil Defence: Damage from the earthquake that hit Christchurch at lunchtime today appears to be centralised in the central city.

Christchurch hospital is operational, with only one ward damaged.

Christchurch airport is open for emergencies only closed, closed for domestic pending an inspection of the runway.