Earthquake in New Zealand: Update as at 10.30am local time November 14 2016 [fr]

Earthquake in New Zealand: Update as at 1030am local time November 14 2016

New Zealand has been struck by a agnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by numerous lower-intensity aftershocks, shortly after midnight on November. The epicentre was locted in the South Island, about 20 kilometres from the town of Hanmer Springs, but the quake was felt throughout the country. The tourist town of Kaikoura was particularly affected and appears to be inaccessible via the road network.

A tsuna;i alert was issued by the New Zealand authorities, with strong waves having affected the northern coast of the South Island during the night. The alert was partially lifted on the ;orning of November 14.

At 10.00am local time, the deths of two people were confirmed. Some buildings have been damaged, schools in the centre of the country are closes, and inspections of buildings in central business districts, including in Christchurch and Wellington, are being undertaken by Civil Defence before access is allowed. New Zealand authorities recommend people in the most severely affected areas (northern half of the South Island and the lower North Island) stay at home 10h00am, heure locale, le 14 novembre, deux victimes ont été recensées.

  • The French Embassy recommends French people living in New Zealand and visiting French people advise their friends and family in France, to keep informed through the Radio New Zealand website - and radio station and to follow the recommendations of New Zealand Civil Defence. The Embassy’s main telephone line is not operational today due to inaccessibility of the building. For emergencies, you can call:

    - an Embassy landline activated to respond to questions about the earthquake: +64 4 499 26 39 from overseas, 04 499 26 39 from within New Zealand.
    - the mobile phone of the Embassy’s agent on duty: + 64 21 399 309 (from overseas), 021 399 309 (from within New Zealand).}

New Zealand’s national geological service, GNS, has advised numerous aftershocks are expected in coming days, some may register above 6 on the Richter scale.

Dernière modification : 25/11/2016

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