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| Central Italy earthquake: death toll rises to 120 – as it happened

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  • Eight-year-old girl pulled out alive from rubble
  • PM Matteo Renzi: the priority is to rescue survivors
  • Mayor of Amatrice: half of the town ‘isn’t here any more’

The eight-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, one of the three towns most severely damaged by the earthquake in central Italy.
As night fell, two women ran up the street yelling: “She’s alive!”

An eight-year-old girl has been pulled out alive from earthquake rubble, according to a firefighter chief in Italy. More details soon.

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has said at least 120 people have died in the earthquake, rising from 73 earlier in the day.

Here is a summary of everything we know so far:

Donations can be made to this number:

Italia Centrale: per donare numero solidale 45500

Reuters reports that six of the Vatican’s 37 firefighters have travelled to Amatrice to help civil protection workers look for survivors still under the rubble and assist those already rescued.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said Germany is ready to provide any aid needed by Italy. At a news conference in Estonia, Merkel said:
The pictures we are seeing are awful. We will be ready to do everything we can to help Italy if needed, and our thoughts are with the people of the region today.

The earthquake in Italy throws the spotlight on lax construction laws,
The death toll from is rising at an alarming rate. But so far it looks as if the number of fatalities will be substantially lower than when an earthquake of comparable force , killing 309 people.
The casualty tally will nevertheless be far higher than it should be in a country of Italy’s wealth – but much lower than it might have been. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake, like the one that devastated L’Aquila, struck at night.

A family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and nine, were buried when their house in Accumoli imploded, Reuters reports. As rescue workers carried away the body of the infant, carefully covered by a small blanket, the children’s grandmother blamed God: “He took them all at once,” she wailed.
In Amatrice, a resident named Giancarlo said: “It’s all young people here, it’s holiday season, the town festival was to have been held the day after tomorrow so lots of people came for that. It’s terrible, I’m 65 years old and I have never experienced anything like this, small tremors, yes, but nothing this big. This is a catastrophe.”

Seventeen crews from the state police have reportedly arrived in the affected areas to prevent looting:

: per prevenire sciacallaggio 17 equipaggi dei Reparti Prevenzione Crimine della hanno raggiunto le zone colpite

Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, has . He said:
We express our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.
Our thoughts are also with the first responders and all those involved in the rescue operations.

My condolences and sympathy to everyone affected by the earthquake. The EU stands ready to help

Over the past seven centuries, there have been “between 20 and 30” large, damaging quakes in the central Apennines, according to Joanna Faure Walker, a lecturer at University College London’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, as quoted by AFP.

The earthquake hit in one of Italy’s most seismically prone regions and dangerous aftershocks are possible, scientists have said.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake occurred six miles (10km ) south-east of Norcia, measuring 6.2 on the moment magnitude scale and striking at a shallow depth of only 6.2 miles.

At least 73 people have been killed in the earthquake, according to Italy’s civil protection unit, as quoted by AFP.
Immacolata Postiglione, the head of the unit’s emergency department, announced the new toll at a press conference in Rome as rescue efforts continued in the mountain villages devastated by the quake.

Italian police have released helicopter footage of the worst-hit areas.

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The medieval church of Sant’Agostino in Amatrice appears to have been badly damaged in the earthquake.

MAP: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake levels in central Italy, damaging the medieval Church of Sant'Agostino

Among destroyed buildings in Amatrice, 13th century churches with frescoes. Damage on artistic heritage in the area is being assessed.

The Vatican has dispatched six of its firefighters to Amatrice to help with the rescue efforts, a papal spokesman told reporters.

Vatican: As a sign of closeness to the victims of the , Pope Francis sent six of the Vatican firemen to help in Amatrice

Here’s what’s left of Pescara del Tronto where at least 10 people were killed.

The US state department has urged Americans in Italy to contact their friends and families to offer reassurance they are safe.

US citizens in if you're safe after the please contact family and friends, check in on social media

The Italian news agency , including that figure of at least 35 dead in Amatrice given by the local mayor. Ansa’s estimate also includes 11 people confirmed to be killed in Accumoli and another 10 victims in Pescara del Tronto.

, per il bilancio non ufficiale sono almeno 63 le vittime. Dati ufficiali e constatati dall'ANSA sul posto

As aftershocks continue, Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology has charted a summary of seismic activity in central Italy over the last 12 hours.

Sequenza Sismica tra le province di Rieti Perugia Ascoli L'Aquila Teramo aggiornamento ore 12

Some of the victims are known to be children. .
Its chief executive, Valerio Neri, said: “Children are the most vulnerable during emergencies and the impact of such events on their psyche is especially traumatic.

Photographer Massimo Percossi captured what is likely to be one of the most enduring images of the earthquake. It shows an injured nun in Amatrice checking her mobile phone as she sat next to a victim laid out on ladder and covered in a blanket.

AP has footage of a man and a girl being rescued from the rubble in Amatrice.

At least 35 people have been killed in the town of Amatrice alone, Sky News Italy reports, citing the mayor, Sergio Perozzi.

, sindaco : bilancio è di 35 morti

+++ 35 vittime accertate solo ad +++

Amatrice, continuano le ricerche dei dispersi fra le macerie. Volontari sul posto.

Here’s what we know so far:

Video footage from Pescara del Tronto, where at least 10 people were killed, shows that much of the hill town has been reduced to rubble.

Pescara del Tronto. Il paese è raso al suolo. Macerie e soccorsi. Video

Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service, according to Catholic publication . The pope is reported to have said:
On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted.
I want to assure all the people of Accumoli, Amatrice, the diocese of Rieti, Ascoli Piceno and all the people of Lazio, Umbria and Le Marche of the prayers and close solidarity of the entire church.

Matteo Renzi’s office has tweeted this video of the prime minister’s statement.

Dichiarazione-video sul .
Non lasceremo solo nessuno

Our graphics team have created slideover images to show before and after photographs from the towns worst hit.

Jon Henley, our European affairs correspondent, summarises the latest developments in this story:
At least 38 people have died and many more are missing after a powerful earthquake struck a string of towns and villages in a swath of mountainous central , razing homes, buckling roads and burying residents under mounds of rubble.
The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3.36am when most people in the hardest-hit towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto were asleep, and was felt as far away as Rome – more than 93 miles (150km) away – authorities and witnesses said.

A Sky News translator quoted Renzi saying:

Renzi said he would visit the areas worst hit later today.

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, is giving a TV address. According to a BBC translator he said now is the time to cry but also to act. He said no area would be left behind in the rescue efforts.

+++ Renzi: nessuno sarà lasciato solo. Nessuna famiglia, nessun comune. Momento commozione e azione +++

The , which is about two miles (4km) north-east of Norcia and 40km north of Amatrice.

The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has written to Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, expressing solidarity and offering assistance.

We stand, as ever, in solidarity with the Italian nation and are ready to assist in any way we can.

The official death toll has increased again and is expected to rise further, Reuters reports.
At least 38 people died in a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the civil protection department said.
The quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, which was making the rescue operation more difficult, said spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione.

Protezione civile aggiorna: 38 i morti, 10 ad Arquata del Tronto, 28 tra Amatrice e Accumoli

At least 37 people were killed in the earthquake, according to a spokeswoman for Italy’s civil protection agency quoted by Reuters.

The Italian news agency Aska News has footage of several people being rescued from the debris in Amatrice, one of the worst-hit towns.
Rocks and metal tumbled on to the streets and dazed residents huddled in piazzas as some 39 aftershocks jolted the region into the early morning hours, some as strong as 5.1.
“The whole ceiling fell but did not hit me,” said resident Maria Gianni. “I just managed to put a pillow on my head and I wasn’t hit luckily, just slightly injured my leg.”

Images from Amatrice before and after the earthquake struck show the extent of the impact.

The Italian Red Cross has urged drivers to avoid using the Via Salaria, the main road north-east of Rome, so that rescue workers can reach the worst-hit areas.

, automobilisti invitati ad evitare di percorrere Via Salaria per permettere ai mezzi di soccorso di raggiungere le zone colpite.

Nine people are confirmed dead in Accumoli, with at least three other people missing, the mayor has told Rai News. The official also said at least 2,000 have been left homeless.

sindaco : 9 morti e 3-4 dispersi. Almeno 2.000 sfollati

The clock on a tower in Amatrice stopped just after 3.35am when the earthquake struck.

The mayor of Accumoli confirms four dead and eight missing in the village, according to state broadcaster. Earlier it reported that six people had been killed in Accumoli.

NEWS/ : sindaco Accumoli, al momento 4 morti e 8 dispersi.

Video has emerged showing the extent of the devastation in Pescara del Tronto, where at least 10 people were killed. It starts with an aerial view of the damage to the hill village, then cuts to views of rubble-strewn streets and ends with a team of officials discussing the rescue plan.

State broadcaster Rai News reports 21 confirmed deaths. It reports that six people were killed in the nearby village of Accumoli. There are also 10 confirmed dead in Pescara del Tronto, north of the reported epicentre, and a further five in Amatrice.
The mayor of Amatrice said dozens had been killed in the town.

bilancio provvisorio: 21 morti accertati. 10 a 6 ad e 5 ad

Pope Francis has thanked rescue workers and volunteers and invited everyone to join him in prayer for the victims, according to Rai News.

+++ Papa: ringrazio questi volontari e uomini protezione civile e invito tutti a unirsi in preghiera +++

Simona Mani lives in York but returned to her hometown of Acquasparta (about 90km west of epicentre) yesterday to visit her family on holiday. She gives this account:
“This was definitely the strongest experience of an earthquake I have ever had, as the epicentre was close to here and near the surface. My parents and I were abruptly awoken when we heard a loud noise and felt the house shake violently.
Some objects fell from the walls and we ran outside, as did many neighbours and most of the village. A typical quake here lasts just a few seconds, but in this case we woke up, ran out, talked to each other, and the earth kept shaking the whole time. It seems the quake lasted about 20 seconds, but it felt endless.

The mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi, has told the Italian state broadcaster that there are “dozens of dead”. : “There are so many dead I cannot make an estimate. We have already extracted several dead bodies but we do not know how many there are there below.”
He added: “There are dozens of victims, many under the rubble, we are setting up a place for the bodies.”

NEWS/ : sindaco Amatrice, 'decine morti'.

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Video, purported to be from Cornillo Vecchio, which is a few kilometres north of Amatrice shows cars covered in rubble.

Video from my father in law 5km from

Aerial views of Amatrice suggest that the mayor was not exaggerating when he said “half of the town is gone”.

Both Reuters and AFP say at least 10 people were killed in the quake, citing local media. The national civil protection agency said it could not give an official toll as rescue efforts were still under way.
Deaths were reported in three villages in a mountainous area straddling the regions of Lazio and Marche: Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto.

A camper who gave his name as Jonquil describes being woken by the quake.
I was camping near Serramonacesca, about 100km south of epicentre. I was woken by a sensation similar to that of a giant taking hold of my tent and shaking it vigorously for about six seconds. It was followed by sound of falling rocks as mountainside in neighbouring valley collapses.

Dramatic images have emerged of a survivor being pulled from the rubble in Amatrice.

Britain’s Foreign Office has urged British citizens in the affected areas to .
It said:
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck central Italy during the early hours of 24 August. The earthquake was also felt in Rome. If you are in the affected area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. If you are in Italy, Civil Protection have activated a hotline 800840840 for information. To learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the

Local News says the earthquake was about 4km beneath Accumoli (Rieti), which is now almost inaccessible.
Here is Amatrice, 14km to the south of Accumoli, before and after the quake.

Tourists close to the epicentre described the panic after the quake.
Nick Mortimer told the Guardian:
We are a family of nine gathering for a 60th birthday celebration in a villa and accompanying cottage near Amandola. The quake and at least one aftershock caused us to run out of the buildings in a bit of a panic. The first quake caused major shaking of the buildings but no obvious damage. The aftershocks have continued but seem to be less severe over the last hour.
I am on holiday in my home village in the Marche region, a few kilometres away from Amatrice and the epicentre. I felt a very strong shaking at about 3am ... It went on for ages – then again about 1/2 hour or 45 min later. It was like 1997. Terrifying.
Hello. I am an expat living in Rome. I was woken by the quake, our building swayed for a very long 20/30 seconds. I was still awake for the second one. Scary.

As the morning gets under way in Italy, it seems the damage is worse than feared. This is from Reuters:
“Now that daylight has come, we see that the situation is even more dreadful than we feared with buildings collapsed, people trapped under the rubble and no sound of life,” said the mayor of Accumoli, Stefano Petrucci.

Here’s more of what Rainews is continuing to report on the quake.

airing video of damage in

It should be stressed that many of the first images coming through are from Amatrice, one of the towns close to the epicentre.
But a number of other local towns and municipalities have been affected. We’ll update you more as we hear from other parts of italy.

More images are coming through showing what appears to be the collapse of entire buildings. Rescue and search crews are being mobilised across the affected areas to begin searching through the rubble.

My colleague Michael Slezak has just sent through a useful explanation outlining what the has assessed about the cause of the quake and extent of damage. Here’s what he sent through:
The US Geological Survey has reported the earthquake was a result of a “normal fault”, which occurs when one plate is pushed down over another one.
In this case, the Tyrrhenian basin – the area between Sicily and Sardeninia – is expanding, pushing Eurasia towards Africa faster than the Eurasian and African plates can compress.

More images are emerging from Rainews in Italy showing the extent of damage. There appear to be a number of buildings that have collapsed, with cars strewn beneath rubble

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This is not the first time this region of Italy has been struck by a high intensity quake. Rieti, the epicentre of the quake, is only 60km from L’Aquila, where .
More than 300 people died after a 6.3-magnitude tremor hit the capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region. The earthquake wrecked L’Aquila’s historic centre, injured more than 1,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

AFP is now reporting there has been a third confirmed death. Here’s its latest report:
The first two confirmed victims were an elderly couple whose home collapsed in Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region, east of the epicentre, according to national broadcaster Rai.
Another person died and a family of four including two young children were trapped, feared dead, in their collapsed house in Accumoli, a village close to the epicentre, according to its mayor.

I’ve just spoken with Helen Miller, who lives near the quake region about one-and-a-half hours from Accumoli. The quake was clearly felt where she lives in Saint Angelo in Pontano. Here’s what she said earlier:
I am in Sant Angelo in Pontano, Le Marche, where I live, about one-and-a-half hours from Accumoli over the mountains. The dogs have been barking since it happened. I went out to find my horses as soon as the first earthquake struck, they were wild-eyed and afraid, on high-alert. The second quake happened and they took off at speed.
When the first quake struck felt as thought the house would burst and the shakes continue now. Even here people were standing in the streets, dazed, you just don’t know how close it is, what might come next. The aftershocks go on now, as they did with L’Aquila. I know it will be bad up there on the mountains and people are trapped, and animals will be trapped as shelters collapse.

Here’s more images of rescue crews in Amatrice, where the damage to buildings and infrastructure appears to be extensive based on reports coming through.

Rescue crews needed in , reports people trapped. Area roads in bad shape. (: @GuiliaCiarapix/)

The first reports are beginning to emerge of injuries and deaths from towns close to the epicentre of the earthquake in Italy.
Reuters is reporting that police in Pescara have said two people have died, while a number of others are trapped under rubble. Here’s the key parts of their report:
A strong earthquake brought down buildings in central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets, with at least six people believed killed.
The worst hit towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto, Fire department spokesman Luca Cari told Reuters, adding that helicopters would be sent up at first light to assess the damage.

Pictures beginning to emerge from Amatrice in central Italy are showing some of the devastation caused by the quake. Here’s some of the first images we’ve received.

Italian news network Rainews is broadcasting footage of the aftermath of the earthquake. There’s substantial debris from the footage we can see, posted by other users watching the broadcast on Twitter.

first footages on

A number of images are beginning to surface from areas affected by the quake. The Umbria 24 news network has published a number of photos that show damage to buildings, tunnels and the evacuation of residents:

Crolli lungo strada per Norcia. Mandateci le vostre foto dall'Umbria a o sui social

Paura in tutta l' . Persone che dormono in strada (nella foto a )

One of the towns where reports have first emerged of damage is Amatrice, in central Italy. The epicentre of the quake is Rieti, approximately 170km (105 miles) from Rome. Here’s a map outlining where the quake has struck:

We’ve just published Here’s an excerpt that outlines the key points:
An earthquake recorded at magnitude 6.2 has struck central , with reports of extensive damage, people trapped, others fleeing into the streets and blackouts near the epicentre.
The mayor of the small town of Amatrice said residents were buried under debris and the town “isn’t here any more”.

An has struck central Italy, with reports emerging of widespread damage across a number of towns.
We’ll have rolling coverage of events as we receive news of the impact on towns. Here’s a short summary of what we know so far:

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If you have been affected by wildfires in California, and it’s safe to do so, we’d like you to share your story with us
As tens of thousands of people are from their homes and of the scale of the wildfires ripping through California, destroying homes and communities, we want to hear what the situation is where you are.

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Preliminary report into event that killed nine people in Melbourne finds emergency services responded well, despite failures in communications
Victoria’s emergency services had never faced the level of demand across such a short time period and over such a large geographical area as during last year’s unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event, a government report has found
It also found that despite emergency services responding “remarkably” well to the crisis, limited communication and information sharing between and within agencies prevented them from fully understanding the situation.

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| Up to 100,000 landslides amid aftershocks in New Zealand – as it happened

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  • Kaikoura cut off; air force helicopters mounting rescues
  • Residents and tourists told to conserve food and water supplies
  • Office building at risk of collapse in Wellington centre

6 pm update: 25 eqs in the last hour, 313 eqs since 6 am today and 1212 eqs since the M7.5. Kaikoura Earthquake.
clear structural failure … a vertical beam in the building has been shorn.
It looks somewhat like a broken bone.

Lift block separating from main building
I didn’t see the call when it came in, in the hurly burly of things I didn’t notice.

More from Wellington’s fire region manager, Brendan Nally, about the teetering building in Molesworth Street:
We have a clear structural failure. What’s caused that will be determined later.
The clear structural failure is a major beam, a vertical beam in the building, has been shorn.

Associated Press has this latest on the situation in Wellington centre:
Several buildings in the centre of New Zealand’s capital have been evacuated and some streets cordoned off after engineers determined that a building is in danger of collapsing, two days after a powerful earthquake shook the city.
Brendan Nally, the regional commander for the New Zealand Fire Service, said engineers were completing an inspection of the downtown Wellington office building on Tuesday when they found that a major vertical beam had failed above the fifth floor.

Another strong aftershock – magnitude 5.7 – has just shaken the Kaikoura region:

M5.7 quake causing strong shaking near Kaikoura

Some readers below the line and on social media have asked whether could have been a factor in the earthquakes:
Very interesting and maybe significant is that the unusually close Perigee full moon was right overhead when the first quake struck. Tidal forces pulling on an unstable crust? Very sorry that NZ is having to go through all this upheaval again.
Some people have raised concerns about a link with the supermoon. In large groups earthquakes exhibit slight associations with lunar cycles, but this is not reliable for forecasting.
We have two tides a day throughout New Zealand and at any one place there is no clear association in location.

Meanwhile, it’s dinner time in Kaikoura, from where Red Cross worker Simon Makker sends this video.
(Have the crayfish. The crayfish is really good.)

Earthquake kai-time at the Marae welfare centre. Crayfish, paua, pasta, salad and sausage rolls!

Wellington’s Molesworth Street – in the central business district and just round the corner from the NZ parliament – remains closed amid fears a building could collapse.
Local reports suggest the building in question is 61 Molesworth Street, an eight-storey office block .
An 8-level office tower to be extensively refurbished and strengthened to 100% NBS [New Building Standard].

Lift block separating from main building

John Key, the New Zealand prime minister, missed a call from US president-elect while dealing with the aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday.
Trump was calling Key as part of his first phase of reaching out to world leaders during his transition to the White House.
What happened was there was a bit of a discussion between my office and his office on the Saturday about a call.
We weren’t strictly sure when the president-elect was going to ring, they said it was in the next couple of hours.

Geonet reports that in the 12 hours from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, there were 313 quakes across New Zealand, concentrated around that vulnerable north-eastern area of the South Island.
That took the total number of earthquakes since the mainshock on Monday to 1,212.

6 pm update: 25 eqs in the last hour, 313 eqs since 6 am today and 1212 eqs since the M7.5. Kaikoura Earthquake.

M5.2 quake causing strong shaking near Kaikoura

Reports have varied on the strength of the initial quake that struck shortly after midnight on Monday morning.
New Zealand’s own monitoring service, Geonet, has measured the earthquake as magnitude 7.5 (and that’s what we at the Guardian have decided to use in our reporting for now).
Why were our magnitudes different from the USGS: About magnitude variability
We have currently established that the New Zealand local magnitude for this earthquake is 7.5, but this may be reviewed over time when more detailed research is undertaken. This may bring it closer to the internationally-derived value (e.g. Mw7.8 by the US Geological Survey).

The headquarters of the New Zealand Red Cross are right next to the building in Wellington that is threatening to collapse – and staff have now been evacuated:

The HQ in Wellington has been immediately evacuated. The building next door collapsing and in danger of falling on us 1/2

Sarah Stuart-Black, director of civil defence, has just been briefing the media on the latest information from the ministry of civil defence and emergency management (MCDEM).
Staff from local CDEM groups in Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough and other affected communities … by night, they’re going to be going door to door to check on households.
Food, water and fuel are required in Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough.
The rest of New Zealand is still operating as usual.
We urge caution about approaching buildings that have been damaged.

Here’s a closer view of that Wellington high-rise – the surrounding area has been evacuated over fears the building is unstable and could collapse:

Just got stopped by police on Molesworth St Wellington with a building's glass facade about to peel off.

A section of Wellington’s central business district close to the parliament has been cordoned off amid fears a high-rise building there is at risk of collapse.
Molesworth Street has been closed, and nearby buildings evacuated.

A cordon has been set around this Wellington building amid concerns it could collapse. Molesworth St closed too

The civil defence emergency management group for Canterbury – which covers the stranded town of Kaikoura – declared a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon.
Lianne Dalziel, mayor of Christchurch, said:
Canterbury Mayors are united in their support for the people of Hurunui [district] and Kaikoura and we believe by declaring a state of local emergency in Canterbury we are in better position to coordinate support across the region.

Wellington’s Westpac stadium has confirmed that, although it has suffered no major structural damage, some repairs are needed and this Saturday’s A-league game will be postponed.
A statement on its website said:
Following a detailed engineering assessment, Westpac stadium has been cleared of major structural damage. The stadium closed its doors yesterday as a precautionary measure following the Kaikoura 7.5 earthquake early on Monday morning.
Stadium offices, and the ground level of the public car park, reopened on Tuesday. However the internal concourse and seating bowl remain closed until repairs have been completed. These repairs are expected to take two weeks to complete.

Reuters reports that China is taking its own steps to evacuate some of its citizens from stricken Kaikoura:
China chartered four helicopters to evacuate around 40 nationals, mostly elderly and children, from Kaikoura late on Monday, said Liu Lian, an official at the Chinese consulate in Christchurch.
One Chinese national had been treated for a minor head injury in Kaikoura’s hospital, Liu said, and around 60 others would be evacuated on Tuesday.

Reader Sophie Gale, from Somerset, UK, emails to say that she and her partner Ben were holidaying in Wellington when the first quakes began:
We are currently staying at the Amora hotel on the seventh floor. I woke up at midnight local time last night as I felt a slight tremor. By the time I woke Ben up, the room was really beginning to shake.
He went to the window to look outside and as soon as he crossed the room the full brunt of the earthquake hit and he was thrown across the room. The noise from the earthquake was indescribable, it was incredibly loud, at the same time we could also see bright white flashes outside from power lines being ripped apart. It lasted 30 seconds but it felt a lot longer.

A reader below the line asks:
Does anyone know what the difference between an aftershock and a new quake is, especially as aftershocks can still measure in the 5s and 6s?
Aftershocks are earthquakes that follow the largest shock of an earthquake sequence. They are smaller than the mainshock and within 1-2 rupture lengths distance from the mainshock. Aftershocks can continue over a period of weeks, months, or years.
In general, the larger the mainshock, the larger and more numerous the aftershocks, and the longer they will continue.

Prime minister John Key has that the US, Japan and Malaysia have offered assistance but he is confident the country has the capacity to deal with the aftermath of the earthquakes itself.
And Key explains why he missed a call from Donald Trump in the midst of the quake response:
I didn’t see the call when it came … in the hurly-burly of things I didn’t notice that.

Images show some of these many landslides – and the effects.
In the northeast South Island, a slip has contributed to the breaching of the Clarence river:

it estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 landslides have been triggered by the succession of quakes:
We are roughly estimating from yesterday’s reconnaissance flights that there may have been from 80,000 to 100,000 landslides. Much of the area affected by landslides is in the remote and rugged areas of the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges …
The reports of landslide dams points to a potential developing hazard. Landslide dams can last thousands of years, they can fail slowly or they can fail very quickly. When they fail very quickly they can release large volumes of water and sediment into river systems as a flood wave (flash flood). These floods can be hazardous to river users and we would ask people to stay away from the all rivers on the east coast of the South Island from the Hurunui to the Awatere until inspections have been completed and more precise information can be provided.

John Key, the New Zealand prime minister, has said the weather “certainly isn’t helping” relief efforts:
The weather here in Wellington is yet another complicating factor to the aftermath of the earthquakes that took place.
There are about 140 people that we’re looking to get out of Kaikoura as rapidly as we can; they’re on the priority list.

Geonet, the New Zealand earthquake monitor, has posted on what it thinks could happen next:
We can say one thing with certainty: there will be more earthquakes to come in this area …
We’ve developed three scenarios based on what we know so far but be aware that our understanding is evolving as we do more analysis and receive more data.
The most likely scenario is that aftershocks will continue to decrease in frequency (and in line with forecasts) over the next 30 days. Felt aftershocks (e.g. over M5) would occur from the M7.5 epicentre near Culverden, right up along the Kaikoura coastline to the Cape Palliser/Wellington area. This includes the potential for aftershocks of between 6.0 and 6.9 (91% within the next 30 days). Scenario one will continue to play out, even if either scenario two or three also occurs.
An earthquake smaller than Monday’s mainshock and between M7.0 to M7.5. There are numerous mapped faults in the Marlborough or Cook Strait areas capable of such an earthquake. It may also occur on an unmapped fault. This earthquake may be onshore or offshore but close enough to cause severe shaking on land. This scenario includes the possibility of an earthquake in the Hikurangi Subduction Zone. Such earthquakes have the potential to generate tsunami.
A much less likely scenario than the previous two scenarios is that recent earthquake activity will trigger an earthquake larger than Monday’s M7.5 main shock. This includes the possibility for an earthquake of greater than M8.0, which could be on the ‘plate interface’ (where the Pacific Plate meets the Australian Plate). Although it is still very unlikely, the chances of this occurring have increased since the M7.5 earthquake.

the most recent aftershock near Seddon, in the north of the South Island, as “severe”, of 5.2 magnitude.
It was at 2.43pm local time – about 20 minutes ago – at a depth of 12km.

A series of strong aftershocks is currently affecting both islands.
All rail services in Wellington – already disrupted due to the weather – have now been cancelled.

Well that was freaky sitting in Parliament with the finance minister talking about when quite a large one hit, English keeps talking!

The quakes continue – New Zealand has already experienced over 1,000 of them since Sunday night.
These are just within the last few minutes:

M5.8 quake causing strong shaking near Kaikoura

M5.6 quake causing strong shaking near Seddon

Some of those airlifted out of Kaikoura today have reached Christchurch. Four Air Force NH90 helicopters have been deployed to rescue tourists and those locals who want to leave the stranded town, which currently has no road access.
Civil defence officials earlier said 34 people had been airlifted out of the town on Tuesday morning. Hundreds remain.

Marlborough civil defence is in the process of evacuating people stranded on the swollen Clarence River, on the northeast of the South Island.
Today it helicoptered out six locals, whom the Red Cross said were “shaken and scared”.

Residents of the Hutt Valley, in the Wellington region, are being evacuated due to flooding.
Although the timing of the bad weather – torrential rain and gale-force winds – is an unhappy coincidence following the massive earthquake and its aftershocks that continue to rattle both islands, the quakes have left some areas more vulnerable to landslides, and some slips have been reported in and around Wellington, damaging property and blocking roads. Public transport has, unsurprisingly, been disrupted.

Oh good golly!!!

In case you were worried about the stranded cows, they have now been rescued.
The happy news that the cattle had been saved came on Tuesday when Newshub reported that the farmer who owned them of their predicament.
The farmer said they were part of a larger group of 14 rescued from the paddock, which had been torn up by the quake.

Geonet, the New Zealand earthquake monitor, says that up to now, there have been 1,078 quakes following the enormous 7.5 magnitude temblor that hit the South Island on Sunday night.
On Tuesday alone, there have been 177 quakes between 6am and 1pm; with 34 aftershocks in the hour since midday alone.

1 pm update: 34 eqs in the last hour, 177 eqs since 6 am today and 1078 eqs since the M7.5. Kaikoura Earthquake.

The ministry of civil defence and emergency management (MCDEM) has just held a press briefing.
Sarah Stuart-Black, director of civil defence, told reporters that damage has been reported to properties in the South and North islands.
With the amount of helicopter trips, we’ll be able to get quite a number of people out today.

In Wellington, pounded by heavy rains and strong winds in the wake of the quakes, roads – including state highways – are flooded, leaving the capital city effectively cut off.
Residents in the Hutt Valley region of Wellington are being evacuated from their homes after the Waiwhetu Stream broke its banks.

Flooding closes major routes in and out of with motorists warned to stay off the roads

Some Lower Hutt properties are being evacuated due to flooding on the Waiwhetu Stream. We'll have the latest weather news on our show 2night

that 40 tourists have been flown out of Kaikoura by military helicopter.
But with hundreds still waiting, it could take up to four days to get everyone out.

UPDATE || One of our Seasprite helicopters is also heading south to assist in the earthquake evacuation //

Meanwhile, the aftershocks continue, this just a few minutes ago near the beleaguered town of Kaikoura:

M3.6 quake causing light shaking near Kaikoura

My colleague Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Hanmer Springs, close to the epicentre of the quake.
She sends this latest on the situation in Kaikoura:
The town has two days of clean water supplies after the council’s water tank sustained major damage. Helicopters are flying in water bladders and engineers to try to re-establish a clean supply.
People in Kaikoura have been told to urgently conserve the existing supply and use it for drinking only. Food and fuel resources are also low, though local restaurants and residents have donated much of their own stores to the relief effort, including seafood and crayfish.

A major relief effort is currently underway to reach thousands of people still stranded in the wake of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that has left roads blocked across parts of the South and North islands.
Military helicopters and a navy ship have been dispatched to rescue about 1,000 tourists, along with residents, who are , South Island, which has been cut off from land access.

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Welcome to the new normal: For the third straight year, Arctic sea ice peaked at a record low level during the winter season, scientists said Wednesday.  Arctic sea ice cover reached its annual peak extent on March 7, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said, at 5.57 million square miles. This is the lowest in the 38-year satellite record, and very likely far longer than that based on other data. This year's peak was about 37,000 miles less than the 2015 record. When compared to the 1981-2010 long-term average, sea ice extent this year was a staggering 471,000 square miles below the average annual maximum. 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Temperatures were even higher, averaging 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal over large sections of the Chukchi and Barents Seas, the NSIDC found. Arctic sea ice also hit a record low seasonal peak for sea ice volume, which is a measure of the thickness of the ice. This record indicates that the ice cover present in the Arctic is young and thin, and therefore more susceptible to melting during the upcoming spring and summer, possibly leading to another record low sea ice extent in September. The last three months were the warmest winter (Dec-Feb) in the #Arctic since record keeping began. — Robert Rohde (@rarohde) March 11, 2017 For the season, the Arctic region had the warmest winter on record, according to Berkeley Earth, an independent group that assesses global surface temperature data.  The record warmth across the Arctic, along with the low sea ice extent and volume, is surprising even the most seasoned Arctic researchers.  "All I can say here is that I've been studying Arctic weather patterns for 35 years and have never seen anything like what we've experienced over the past two winters," said National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) director Mark Serreze, in an email.  "Maybe this is just natural variability, but if so, it is a type of natural variability that I am unfamiliar with." The record-warm Arctic temperatures and anemic sea ice cover came during the warmest year on record for the Earth as a whole. 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These milder ocean waters then melt more ice while increasing air temperatures as well, which in turn goes on to melt more ice and snow, exposing more darker surfaces, and so on.  This phenomenon is known as Arctic amplification, and it is having repercussions both throughout the Arctic and beyond.  Not quite Las Vegas The new adage among Arctic specialists is a twist on the Las Vegas slogan: "What happens in Arctic does not stay in the Arctic."  #Arctic sea ice maximum and #Antarctic minimum both at record low this year. — NSIDC News (@NSIDC) March 22, 2017 Research has shown that Arctic sea ice loss may be changing weather patterns across large portions of North America, Europe and Asia. 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Temperature trends since 1950, showing the fastest warming in the Arctic. Image: berkeley earth The record low winter peak in Arctic sea ice does not mean the upcoming summer melt season will set a record as well. For example, 2016 set a similar record during March but fell short of a record low in September due to weather conditions that favored the retention of sea ice cover in parts of the Arctic.  "The 2017 melt season is starting off in a deep hole," Serreze said. "Will we hence see a new record low ice extent this September? Possibly, but a lot depends on the weather patterns this coming summer,  which we can't predict." Arctic sea ice is declining in all months of the year, with the steepest drop in the summer and fall. Projections show that by the middle of the century the Arctic Ocean could be seasonally ice-free, opening it up to more shipping activity, transits of military vessels as well as fishing and oil and gas drilling activities. Record low seasonal peak sea ice volume has been set in 2017. Image: piomas/university of washington "I think having three consecutive years of low wintertime max records is noteworthy. Additionally, observing long-term sea ice losses in all months is an important factor in a warming Arctic," said Zack Labe, a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine. Walt Meier, a NASA research scientist, explained the situation more bluntly.  "We’re ending the winter growth season with the sea ice in the worst shape we’ve seen it in our satellite record," he said in an email. "... I’d say the Arctic sea ice is more fragile than it's ever been at this time of year. If we get any kind of extreme summer weather conditions conducive to ice loss, we may well be looking at a record low this summer." Record low in Antarctica, too Meanwhile, in the Antarctic, sea ice also set a record low. 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