LIVE COVERAGE FROM TV 3 NEWS, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand TV1 live stream

Here in earthquake country, big quakes anywhere in the world command attention. This evening (Pacific time; just before 1 p.m. Tuesday NZ time), a shallow 6.3 temblor struck New Zealand’s South Island, causing casualties and severe damage in Christchurch. We’ll be checking with the local U.S. Geological Survey and Bay Area emergency management agencies (and others concerned with disaster response) about whether they’re looking at this for lessons to be learned for our own region.

Christchurch is a city of 390,000. It’s a city accustomed to living with seismic risks. On Dec. 26, a quake hit that forced cancellation of the traditional Boxing Day shopping holida. Its infrastructure would appear to be quite modern. But it’s experiencing many of the problems – including total shutdown of power and water infrastructure and a badly impaired communications system – that we worry about here in the Bay Area.

More links:

TVNZ: Live Updates: Christchurch quake.

TV3 News: Breaking coverage.

Twitter: Monitor hashtag #eqnz.

Twitter: Follow New Zealand Herald.

Sydney Morning Herald: Multiple deaths after quake hits Christchurch.

Australia Daily Telegraph:Terrible toll of New Zealand’s darkest day

Author

Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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