It was just last September that we were discussing the earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, and now they’ve been hit by another powerful quake with a 6.3-magnitude on Tuesday. It is the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months. It has been reported at least 65 died and more than 100 people thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness fell Tuesday night.
There are already a variety of resources available to assist those in the area. Here are some online resources:
1. Google Person Finder for Christchurch helps track down anyone that has been affected by the earthquake. If you’re looking for someone, or if you know the condition of someone that others may be looking for, you can use this site. As of now, the site already has nearly 5000 records.
2. Ushahidi is another great resource for the quake, providing information about hospitals, road conditions, hazard zones and other related information.
3. Christchurch Quake Map shows all of the quakes and aftershocks in the area for the past year (nearly 5,000 of them). You can filter the map to only show the 55 quakes in the past 24 hours.
4. Esri Interactive Incident Map of the Earthquake in Christchurch is also a great source. It combines the public content from Ushahidi, Youtube, Twitter, Flickr, and lifelines information from Experiment Canterbury .
Please feel free to share additional resources.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org