The emergency in Christchurch, after a 6·3-scale earthquake at 12.51 p.m. NZDT today, has all of us deeply worried for our friends there, especially with news of fatalities.
Here’s what you can consider: New Zealand Red Cross is accepting donations.
The New Zealand Blood Service website was down when we visited, but Fairfax Tweets that the Service has a good supply of blood presently.
Twitter updates can be found at hashtag #eqnz.
Google has a Person Finder for those who are looking for people or wish to report they are OK.
Please feel free to add other useful links or telephone numbers in the comments.
Update (6 p.m. NZDT): New Zealand Blood Service conﬁrms stocks are OK.
Update (8.30 p.m. NZDT): Civil Defence emergency line is (0800) 779-997 within New Zealand.
Update (10.20 p.m. NZDT): Air New Zealand offers domestic ﬂights, till Friday morning, for NZ$50 one way to or from Christchurch. The airport was closed today, with some suggestions it could reopen in the morning.
Update (11 p.m. NZDT): Info on the Air New Zealand ﬂights here, with an Auckland–Christchurch and Christchurch–Auckland 747 service tomorrow. A Wellington–Christchurch Airbus A320 service on Wednesday afternoon departing 1.45 p.m. is also offered.
Update (Wednesday, 10 a.m. NZDT): For missing people, call the New Zealand Red Cross on (0800) 733-276.
Update (Wednesday, 5.06 p.m. NZDT): The number for people overseas with missing persons’ enquiries is +64 7 850-2199.
Update (Thursday, 2.42 a.m. NZDT): Christchurch City Council customer services can be reached on (03) 941-8999 within New Zealand, dealing with damage assessment, water, and sewage.