Aftershocks hit NZ capital after quake

2013-08-16 12:58

A series of strong earthquakes have hit central New Zealand, sending office workers in the capital city Wellington hurrying for home and causing traffic chaos.

NZ quake city opens cardboard cathedral

2013-08-15 08:48

Christchurch's cardboard cathedral will officially open, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in New Zealand's second largest city.

NZ fatal quake building design deficient

2012-12-10 09:00

A six-storey building that collapsed, killing 115 people, when an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 should never have been built, says an official inquiry report.

New Zealand remembers earthquake dead

2012-02-22 13:01

More than 10 000 New Zealanders have taken part in a ceremony to mark the day a year ago when a devastating earthquake struck Christchurch, killing 185 people.

New Zealand PM: Quakes frightening

2011-12-23 07:29

The latest powerful earthquakes to hit the devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch are "frightening and disheartening" for its beleaguered residents, Prime Minister John Key says.

Quakes shake Christchurch 1yr later

2011-09-04 12:56

Three moderate earthquakes shook Christchurch, exactly one year after a devastating magnitude-7.1 shake began a series of tremors that wrecked the city centre and thousands of homes.

New Zealand: Israeli quake victim no spy

2011-07-20 12:00

New Zealand police have investigated whether an Israeli who died in the Christchurch earthquake was a spy and have found no evidence linking him to Mossad, says the prime minister.

New Zealand quake costs climb

2011-06-20 13:01

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the bill from the devastating Christchurch earthquakes has soared to NZ$25bn (US$20.2bn), far more than previously thought.

New Zealand quake 'a terrible reminder'

2011-06-13 09:27

A series of powerful earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand have caused further damage and have served as a painful reminder to the families of those killed by a February quake.

Another quake rattles Christchurch

2011-06-06 10:07

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled New Zealand's Christchurch but with only minor damage reported, say reports.

Strong aftershock rocks Christchurch

2011-04-16 09:46

A strong 5.2-magnitude aftershock has rocked the quake-shattered New Zealand city of Christchurch, cutting power but not causing any immediate damage.

New Zealand mulls quake mass grave

2011-03-31 09:03

New Zealand has said that up to 12 Christchurch earthquake victims whose remains have not been identified may be buried in a mass grave.

Internet funeral for quake victim

2011-03-15 14:20

The grieving New Zealand-based family of an Irish victim of the Christchurch earthquake was to watch his burial in his homeland through the internet.

Parts of Christchurch to be abandoned

2011-03-08 10:00

Christchurch was so badly damaged in a recent deadly earthquake that parts of New Zealand's second largest city will have to be abandoned, says Prime Minister John Key.

Free holidays for quake-hit Christchurch

2011-03-07 09:35

Fiji tourist resort operators say they will offer residents of earthquake-devastated Christchurch free beach holidays to help them recover.

Aftershock hits Christchurch

2011-03-06 08:15

A powerful aftershock has rocked the devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch and the confirmed death toll from last month's magnitude 6.3 earthquake has risen by one to 166.

Foreign rescuers leave Christchurch

2011-03-04 09:51

International rescue crews are pulling out of Christchurch as emergency operations in the stricken city shift from finding earthquake survivors to recovering bodies, say officials.

'Rock star' in New Zealand quake

2011-03-03 14:46

A rock has emerged as a star of the Christchurch earthquake, gaining a name, a personality and a value, as well as becoming a symbol of the devastation.

Ten years to rebuild Christchurch

2011-03-03 09:31

It will take at least 10 years to rebuild Christchurch, say officials, warning it would be months before they could even begin to reopen the quake-hit New Zealand city.

Sandstorm in quake-hit Christchurch

2011-03-02 10:09

Strong winds have whipped up huge dust clouds in earthquake-hit Christchurch, as officials defended the devastated city's building standards.

No word on any SA quake victims

2011-03-01 11:28

The government says there are still no reports of any South Africans affected by the recent devastating earthquake in New Zealand.

2 minutes of silence for Christchurch dead

2011-03-01 09:01

Rescue crews have switched off their jackhammers and joined in two minutes of silence that has been observed across New Zealand to mourn as many as 240 people killed in an earthquake.

Christchurch buildings were deemed 'safe'

2011-02-28 10:45

Two Christchurch buildings that collapsed in last week's earthquake killing dozens, including many foreign students, had been deemed safe after a big tremor last year, say officials.

Boulders crush quake Good Samaritan

2011-02-27 22:05

A Good Samaritan helped many terrified people after surviving the initial Christchurch earthquake, only to be crushed by boulders on his way home, a New Zealand newspaper reports.

New Zealand's 'greatest tragedy'

2011-02-26 11:19

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has warned the country may be facing its greatest tragedy yet as the death toll from this week's earthquake surged to 145, with 200 missing.


Major quake felt across New Zealand

2013-08-16 07:12

A powerful earthquake has rattled major cities across New Zealand, causing the capital Wellington to shake "like jelly", but authorities reported no major damage.

New Zealand lighthouse airlifted to saftey

2013-07-11 12:02

A historic lighthouse in southern New Zealand has been airlifted to safety after it was left teetering on a cliff edge by the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch.

NZ quake collapse designer apologises

2012-08-07 12:01

The designer of a building which collapsed in 2011's Christchurch earthquake, killing 115 people, has apologised at a probe into the disaster, saying it did not meet his standards.

New Zealand quake building 'sub-standard'

2012-02-09 14:00

An office block that collapsed, killing 115 people, including 65 foreign students, in last year's Christchurch earthquake did not meet building standards, an official report has found.

New Zealanders cast votes after tough year

2011-11-26 07:48

Voting was under way in New Zealand to decide who will lead the country following a tumultuous year marked by the tragedy of a devastating earthquake and glory in the Rugby World Cup.

Goldfish survive 134 days without food

2011-07-27 12:34

New Zealand goldfish have survived for 134 days without food before being rescued after the Christchurch quake.

Aftershock rattles Christchurch

2011-06-21 14:06

A 5.1-magnitude aftershock has rattled New Zealand's Christchurch, geologists say, reportedly cutting power in some areas of the already earthquake-devastated city.

Christchurch residents ponder leaving

2011-06-15 13:01

Many of the residents of quake-scarred Christchurch are serious about wanting to leave the city following another powerful tremor and a series of smaller ones.

Strong quakes rock New Zealand

2011-06-13 07:16

A series of powerful tremors have rattled the quake-prone New Zealand city of Christchurch, destroying buildings and sending boulders tumbling down hillsides.

New Zealand quake victims' texts detailed

2011-05-16 11:01

Nine final victims of New Zealand's devastating earthquake have been declared dead by an inquest that also heard evidence of the victims' last communications.

Australia calls for disaster force

2011-04-06 08:28

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has called for world governments to establish an international disaster response team following a string of natural disasters.

Prince William offers sympathy to Japan

2011-03-18 12:01

Prince William has offered condolences for the "horror" engulfing Japan, as he pays tribute to victims of last month's Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.

'Informal' Prince William to go Down Under

2011-03-10 10:00

Prince William wants to keep his visit to disaster-stricken areas of New Zealand and Australia later this month as informal as possible, says a top official.

$44 000 for Christchurch quake boulder

2011-03-07 12:00

A boulder that wrecked a Christchurch house in last month's magnitude-6.3 earthquake has raised $44 265 for victims of the disaster, say news reports.

Quake will cost New Zealand $11bn

2011-03-06 20:49

The New Zealand earthquake will cost the country up to $11bn, the country's treasury has said.

Bodies pulled from Christchurch rubble

2011-03-04 14:30

Recovery teams have pulled two more bodies from the rubble of one of the worst-hit buildings in the earthquake in New Zealand, raising the confirmed death toll to 163, say police.

Christchurch: Quake survivor search ends

2011-03-03 17:55

Rescuers have officially given up hope of finding more survivors of New Zealand's devastating earthquake, saying no one trapped in rubble nine days earlier could still be alive.

Experts slam 'Moonman' earthquake predictor

2011-03-03 11:19

Scientists have rounded on a quasi-mystic mathematician "Moonman" who claims he predicted the devastating Christchurch earthquake by studying the moon.

New Zealand quake to cost up to $12bn

2011-03-02 12:11

One of the world’s biggest reinsurers, Swiss Re, estimates that February’s deadly earthquake in New Zealand will cost insurers between $6bn and $12bn.

Surge in births after New Zealand quake

2011-03-01 12:55

As many as 240 people have likely died in the New Zealand quake, but health services have also been coping with a different problem - a surge in new life.

Time capsule found after New Zealand quake

2011-03-01 10:21

Rescuers searching the ruins of Christchurch cathedral have made a "miraculous" find: A time capsule believed to be more than 100 years old.

Quake penknife amputee recalls nightmare

2011-02-28 13:16

Pinned under a concrete wall, a Christchurch quake survivor says he wanted to die before penknife-wielding surgeons hacked his legs off.

First quake victim buried in Christchurch

2011-02-28 08:58

A 5-month-old boy has been laid to rest at the first funeral for victims of New Zealand's devastating earthquake, as the death toll rises to 148.

New Zealand death toll: 147

2011-02-27 09:20

The confirmed death toll from the New Zealand earthquake stands at 147, with over 50 "unaccounted for", police have announced.

NZ death toll rises to 144

2011-02-26 07:17

Violent aftershocks have hampered desperate efforts to find survivors in the quake-ruined New Zealand city of Christchurch, as the death toll climbed to 144 and was set to rise further.

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