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Canada's response to the earthquake in New Zealand

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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 5 km, struck near Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22 2011 at 12:51 local time with strong aftershocks continuing hours afterwards. The New Zealand Government has confirmed a number of fatalities and injuries. There is extensive damage to buildings and roads, particularly in downtown Christchurch.

Officials at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in Wellington are closely monitoring the aftermath of the earthquake in New Zealand and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens.

Canadian citizens in New Zealand requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian High Commission in Wellington at 64 (4) 473-9577, or call DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be affected by the earthquake in New Zealand should contact DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa by calling 1 800 387-3124, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Travel Report and Warnings

Canadians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre or call 613-996-8885 collect. The Operations Centre of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How Canadians can help

The best way for Canadians to help is to donate money - not clothing or food.

More information for those who would like to help:

Media Centre

Information on the region