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article imageOvernight curfew for quake-hit central Christchurch

By Sharon Davis     Sep 4, 2010 in World
Christchurch - Christchurch authorities have declared a 12-hour curfew in the central city and the outlying suburb of Kaipoi as 80 police officers from Auckland are being flown in to ensure the city remains safe between 7pm and 7am.
According to the New Zealand Herald, police say anyone found in the city in contravention to the curfew can be arrested following the 4.35am earthquake this morning.
"This is in order to protect the public from falling debris," said Inspector Al Stewart.
Many people face an anxious evening as frightening after shocks registering up to 5 continue to rumble through the city with increasing frequency creating concern amongst residents who were shaken awake in the early hours this morning.
A number of people have had to evacuate damaged homes, especially in the central city, which according to The Herald, has been dubbed a "war zone".
Power and water has been restored to about 70% of the city, but it will be an anxious night for the residents of Christchurch.
Chch quake
Chch quake
The Salvation Army has launched an appeal to help feed and support those affected by today's 7.1 magnitude quake centred near Christchurch.
The Salvation Army fed about 1000 people at two Christchurch locations early this morning according to The Herald
Residents were also urged to boil their water as sewage systems had been damaged.
People in the Canterbury region have also been asked not to drive unless absolutely necessary as officials try to gauge the damage caused to roads in this morning's earthquake.
New Zealand's Earthquake Commission estimates that the cost of this morning's 7.1 quake to be as much as NZ$ 2 billion. The commission said it expected around 100,000 claims.
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