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  • new zealand Kaikoura Earthquake relief operations

    Kaikoura, South Island

    14-nov-16    to    23-nov-16

    Kaikoura Earthquake relief operations

    Just after midnight (local time) at 0002 on Mon 14 Nov 2016, an M7.8 Earthquake struck near Kaikoura just off the east coast of NZ South Island, activating the Papatea, Kekerengu, Hope, Hundalee and Waipapa Bay Faults. There were very few fatalities but major infrastructure damage in the affected areas occurred, with some communities isolated by road / rail severance and landslides. Amongst the aftershocks a tsunami warning was given and a 2m wave affected Wellington to the north and the Chatham Islands. In general the coastline has been raised by between 0.5 and 2m with the exception of a localised block around Waipapa Bay which made 5m.

    A fleet of international ships was assembling near Auckland for the 75th Anniversary of the RNZN celebrations and those with more capable ships flights were diverted by their governments to assist the Civil Power in the initial rescue, recovery and stabilisation operations. As well as military action, the NZ emergency services, community groups and individuals mobilised to assist those affected. With the exception of HMNZS Canterbury, the ships were withdrawn by 19 Nov with most visiting Wellington before calling in at Auckland on 22 Nov.

    RNZAF 3 Squadron mobilised NH90 and A109 from RNZAF Ohakea, 6 Squadron Seasprites operated from RNZAF Whenuapai. The latter also hosted fixed wing support from aircraft visiting for the Fleet Review; a US Navy P-3C 158563 / RD563 of VP-47, two JMSDF P-1 5505/05 and 5508/08 plus based RNZAF C-130 and P-3K.
    Turning a national disaster into a scientific triumph, the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research ship rv Tangaroa was able to collect seafloor shallow cores between 14 and 19 Nov and revolutionise our understanding of landscape scale canyon flushing events and turbidite emplacement along and across the submarine Kaikoura Canyon.


    Canadians Ends Relief Operation in New Zealand, 21-Nov-16 : #eqnz Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver with its Sea King helicopter originally in New Zealand for the 75th RNZN Anniversary completed emergency relief operations in affected area hit by the earthquake

    NH90s Bring Supplies to Kaikoura After Earthquake, 15-Nov-16 : #eqnz Eight aircraft along HMNZS Canterbury (L421) and HMNZS Wellington (P55) ships deliver vital supplies of immediate aid and evacuate stranded tourists and residents

    NH90 Supports New Zealand Earthquake Response, 13-Nov-16 : #eqnz Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) 3 Squadron NH90 dispatched to support emergency management after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit North Canterbury


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        14nov16 NZ Northland Emergency Services Trust New Zealand Rescue Helicopters S-76
        14nov16 to 23nov16 NZ 3 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 TTH
        14nov16 to 23nov16 NZ 6 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force Seasprite
        14nov16 to 19nov16 US Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Three US Navy S-70 H-60

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King 12412    
    Sikorsky S-76A ZK-IAL    
    Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk 166534    
    Robinson R44 II ZK-IJM    
    NH Industries NH90 TTH NZ3301     NZ3305     NZ3307     NZ3308    
    Kaman SH-2G NZ3611    


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    Guided-Missile Destroyer  Arleigh Burke Flight IIA class   US Navy DDG-102 USS Sampson,
    Guided-Missile Frigate  Adelaide class   Royal Australian Navy FFG 04 HMAS Darwin,
    Frigate  Anzac class   Royal New Zealand Navy F77 HMNZS Te Kaha,
    Frigate  City class   Canadian Armed Forces FFH 331 HMCS Vancouver,
    Corvette  Protector OPV class   Royal New Zealand Navy P55 HMNZS Wellington,
    Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Canterbury class   Royal New Zealand Navy L421 HMNZS Canterbury,
    Support Ship  Endeavour (NZ) class   Royal New Zealand Navy A11 HMNZS Endeavour,

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