Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1846 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14751 times:
My best wishes with all the people affected by this situation. We are less than a week from commemorate one year since the ( 27-2-2010 8.8 Richter ) earthquake here and we're still suffering strong aftershocks, so I humbly recommend get used to perform calm and ordered evacuations when this things happen. I hope the airport's critical infrastructure has no damage.
I wish the best recovery for the injured, we are with you guys !!
Auckland has not been affected, it's the least earthquake prone area in New Zealand. But either way, the radar for the airspace is in Christchurch so flights have been cancelled as the airport has been evacuated.
texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4242 posts, RR: 53 Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14163 times:
Right now only med flights are being allowed in/out. South Pacific control is setting up its emergency ops station in Brisbane to be safe -- it is normally housed in CHC. Air traffic control tower was not evacuated, though. The hospital in Christchurch is unsafe to be in so they had to evacuate it and are moving patients to AKL and WLG. Because the hospital is out of commission there are really only triage centres open right now from what we hear. Lots of destruction in central Christchurch with hotels and office buildings collapsing.
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brons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2981 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14105 times:
I have a friend from high school who is living down there, they've been pretty rattled by the earthquakes and aftershocks. I just looked on her FB page and a bunch of people are pleading with her to come home to the US.
Anyway, best wishes to all those affected in CHC. Thanks to A.net for alerting me, I'm pretty disconnected from the news.
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777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11658 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13810 times:
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Quoting texan (Reply 13): The hospital in Christchurch is unsafe to be in so they had to evacuate it and are moving patients to AKL and WLG
I work at Wellington Hospital and no patients had arrived when I went home, but lots of departments and staff (including me) are on stand by at home. One patient has been flowen to Auckland but the rest of the patients at this stage are going to closer hospitals in the south island
JQ have cancelled all flights till tomorrow. anyone know what happened to the flights all ready over half way accross the Tasman? An NZ flight was landing at CHC when the earthquake struck
AirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 640 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13575 times:
We had a 6.5 here in Eureka, CA (USA) a year ago last January. It happened just a few days before the quake in Haiti. The damage here was nothing like what just happened in NZ. My thoughts are with the residents of Christchurch as they rebuild their community.
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RAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 577 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 12683 times:
I have friends in Auckland and according to the news the North Island was not really affected, but still I hope people will recover soon from that disaster in New Zealand. My thoughts are with everyone in the South Island !
timb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 12405 times:
I was in a lecture at the time, which I may add turned very interesting when the roof started to break up. Fortunately all evacuated safely where I was. Driving as the 5.7 aftershock felt like a tyre had blown as the wheels were not going where they were pointing!
The airport has been taking various military aircraft including the Orion and C-130 I believe. The RNZAF P-3 Orion has been flying very low over CHC this evening; does anyone know what it's doing? Has it got thermal image technology onboard to see those still trapped?
darenw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11568 times:
Quoting 777ER (Reply 16): I work at Wellington Hospital and no patients had arrived when I went home, but lots of departments and staff (including me) are on stand by at home. One patient has been flowen to Auckland
I work at Auckland Hospital, we are currently waiting for three patients to be flown up from Christchurch, one child for Starship and the other two are adults
Christchurch International Airport Limited has advised that no scheduled services will be able to operate this evening into or out of the airport. They expect to be operational, for domestic flights only, from 8am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 23 February.
Air New Zealand plans to recommence domestic services into and out of Christchurch from 8am tomorrow.
Special airfares and additional flight capacity
All available fares on Air New Zealand domestic services from any point on the domestic network to/from Christchurch for booking and travel through until 8am Friday morning are available for $50 one way. These can be booked via the Air New Zealand website and call centre.
In addition, Air New Zealand will operate a return Auckland-Christchurch service tomorrow utilising a Boeing 747-400, with seats available at the $50 fare.
Times for the special additional flights are as follows: