The Queen & Foreign Secretary “shocked” by news of earthquake in New Zealand


Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK stands ready to provide assistance to the authorities and any British nationals following the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch earlier today.

The Queen sent the following message to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key:

“I have been utterly shocked by the news of another earthquake in Christchurch. Please convey my deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who have been killed; my thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this dreadful event. My thoughts are also with the emergency services and everyone who is assisting in the rescue efforts.”
Foreign Secretary William Hague, said:

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch earlier today killing so many people. The ties that bind the UK with New Zealand are very close and my thoughts are with the friends and families of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by the earthquake.

“Many people in the UK with links to New Zealand will be watching anxiously as the situation develops. Our High Commissioner in New Zealand is on her way to Christchurch and we stand ready to provide any assistance that we can to the authorities and to any British Nationals who have been caught up in the earthquake.”

Further information

British High Commission, New Zealand
Travel Advice for New Zealand
@britishabroad on Twitter
LOCATE – register here to help us find you in an emergency
britishabroad – travel advice on Facebook

fco.gov.uk

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