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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.


Cyclone Atu still severe, Cyclone Carlos hitting Aussie again

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As of 7:50am NZT there were two tropical cyclones active over the New Zealand and Australia region.

The biggest, by a long shot, is Severe Tropical Cyclone Atu, currently moving into New Zealand waters. 

It can clearly be seen on our satellite map (to the right of the page) directly north of New Zealand.


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.


Severe Cyclone Atu still category 4

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Severe tropical cyclone continues to move towards New Zealand but the storm is still predicted to pass well to the east of the North Island.

As of this evening the storm is still packing winds of 175km/h with gusts to 215km/h and remains a category 4 cyclone.

The central air pressure is 946hPa.


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


Severe aftershocks hitting Christchurch

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Severe aftershocks are hitting the South Island city of Christchurch in New Zealand this afternoon following a powerful 6.3 quake at 12:51pm local time.


Cyclone Atu heading south

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Cyclone Atu is today beginning the process of clearing the main tropical islands as it heads south towards the east of New Zealand.

Atu is expected to peak in 24 hours time, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, with winds averaging 205km/h and gusting 250km/h.

As of this morning Atu's winds were sustained at 170km/h.