Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Sept 5, 2010 -
The Salvation Army said it was feeding 1,000 people and launched an appeal for those affected by the quake. "Not since the 1930s have we experienced an earthquake as severe and it is important that we do everything we can to help," Salvation Army national fundraising coordinator Major Robbie Ross said. Key also pledged government support, with initial damage estimates at two billion dollars (1.44 billion
Although nobody died in Saturday's quake, civil defence officials warned the emergency was not over, as more than 30 aftershocks had hit the region within 24 hours of the main quake and were likely to continue for several weeks. A storm was also likely to bring fresh challenges with wind gusts up to 130 kilometres (80 miles) an hour expected during Sunday night and heavy rain to follow on Monday. As night fell, the storm hit
Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Sept 5, 2010 - The response among New Zealanders to the most devastating quake in decades has been "tremendous", with an "astonishing atmosphere of resilience" among affected communities, politicians and media said Sunday.