No Singaporeans reported to be affected by New Zealand earthquake: MFA

Residents survey the damage done to State Highway One near the town of Ward on New Zealand's south island.
Residents survey the damage done to State Highway One near the town of Ward on New Zealand's south island. PHOTO: REUTERS
City engineers inspect buildings in the central business district in Wellington on early Nov 14, 2016, following an earthquake north of New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch.
City engineers inspect buildings in the central business district in Wellington on early Nov 14, 2016, following an earthquake north of New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - No Singaporeans are reported to be affected by the earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday (Nov 14).

"For now, we are not aware of any Singaporeans in need of consular assistance following the earthquake," MFA said.

An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck near Christchurch on Sunday (Nov 13). At least two people were killed, according to reports.

The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning and land threat from East Cape to Southland, including Wellington, Marlborough Sounds/Tasman Bay and the Chatham Islands.

People near the eastern coast of South Island have also been advised by MCDEM to immediately move to high ground or inland as far as possible.

 

According to the New Zealand authorities, the first tsunami waves have arrived. Further waves should be expected and these could be larger or more dangerous. MCDEM has warned people to stay off the beaches, stay out of the water and not go sightseeing.

People are advised to keep themselves informed and follow the advice of the local civil defence groups. Information can be found through the local radio and TV stations.

More details can be found here.

MFA said those in need of emergency assistance may contact the High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand at +64-4-470-0850, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore at +65-6379-8800.