AMI Stadium escapes quake damage
September 4, 2010
AMI Stadium has suffered only minor damage © Getty Images
Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief Martin Snedden has reported no major damage to AMI Stadium after a devastating earthquake struck Christchurch.
The quake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, emanated from 35 miles west of New Zealand's second largest city and caused widespread damage. A state of emergency has been declared along with a curfew, while Army units have been seconded to help with the relief effort.
Snedden informed NZPA that AMI Stadium, home of Canterbury and the Crusaders and one of the key venues for next year's Rugby World Cup, suffered only superficial damage but that a full assessment would take place on Monday.
"The very preliminary assessment is that there's no structural damage there, that there's a heap of minor breakages and what not, but no structural damage," Snedden said. "They tell me they're going to start a proper assessment process on Monday about that, but they say there's nothing they can see with their eyes at the moment.
"Last week the group that is responsible for dealing with this type of occurrence had actually run a three-day exercise just dealing with something major and just working through what would happen in these circumstances, so it's certainly something that had already been on our radar in terms of preparing for eventualities and an earthquake's an obvious one. It's just a reminder that it's just not theory, it actually can happen, and that will no doubt focus us even further."
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