Earthquake 20 December 2007
On Thursday 20 December 2007 at 8.55pm Gisborne was rocked by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake lasting 32 seconds. The city centre was open for late night shopping - fortunately most people had gone home.
After an assessment of the damage, a state of emergency was declared at 1am on the CBD area. After inspecting all buildings in the CBD and suspect areas made safe, the state of emergency was lifted at 5.15pm on Saturday 22 December. The CBD was trading as normal by Christmas eve.
The following presentations provide an overview of the recovery
- The December 2007 Gisborne Earthquake - post disaster responsibilities Ian Petty - GDC
- Gisborne Earthquake - impacts on buildings and lifelines Noel Evans and John Wells - Opus
- Ground Effects of the Gisborne Earthquake Georg Winkler - Land Development & Exploration Ltd
The devastation created in that 32 seconds was enormous, but thankfully there were no fatalities and no fires.
Over $50m in claims were received by EQC - $29m damage claims to residential properties and $27m commercial claims. 2928 for content, 1582 chimney and 1799 interior damage claims.