New Zealand Earthquake


New Zealand earthquake : All international flights to New Zealand, was withdrawn on Tuesday afternoon when the earthquake measuring 6.3 on the South Island.

Spokesman for Auckland Airport Richard Llewellyn told the New Zealand Herald that his total respiratory system was shut down shortly after the earthquake Christchurch, office buildings downtown and damages for workers trapping. TVNZ reports death of two bus crushed by falling buildings.

"Currently, plans are landing, but no plans are in the beginning,''said Llewellyn NZPA.

"The national air traffic control is in Christchurch, and are checking to make sure everything is okay, and so far the respiratory system has been closed."

Christchurch Airport is closed until 7 pm local time and aircraft to arrive was diverted to Auckland Airport and Wellington.

Jetstar New Zealand announced that flights in and out of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown have been suspended for the rest of the day.

Airways NZ, the state-owned enterprise that operates the nation's air traffic control system, is based in Christchurch and is reportedly trying to verify the status of its equipment. There are unconfirmed reports that the Airways building was also damaged.

Since the first quake hit at 12:51 p.m. local time, the New Zealand GNS Science reports a series of nine strong aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 3.4 to 5.7.

Some of the buildings may have been weakened by a magnitude 7.1 quake that struck the Christchurch area last September. And because this quake was relatively shallow, it may have caused more damage than the higher magnitude quake in September.

The New Zealand Herald quotes Roger Sutton, CEO of Orion New Zealand, a power company, that electricity is down across 80 percent of Christchurch, "This is much, much more serious than last time," says Mr. Sutton, "We have some major power assets that have been damaged by this quake."

Urban search and rescue crews are moving into the city, and Australia has offered to send assistance.