Earthquake update

All pump stations, water supplies and sewers are fully operational in the Waimakariri District having come through today's earthquake unscathed.

The 5.7 magnitude quake, which struck early this afternoon, has not caused any damage to infrastructure throughout the district. 

Council teams have been conducting extensive checks, with the Water Unit completing examinations of all key manholes in at risk areas. 

There has been some liquefaction as a result of the quake, which was centred off the east coast, but this has been limited to the Kairaki and Pines Beach area. The streets affected, Reid Memorial Avenue and Featherstone Avenue, are in red zone and Council reserve areas.

Earlier reports of burst water mains have proved false alarms, with the surface water a result of liquefaction rather than damage to any Council infrastructure.

The Kaiapoi Library was evacuated after the earthquake struck but no damage has been reported.