Currently the New Zealand cabinet is debating on whether they should call a national state of emergency after a huge earthquake struck. The Prime Minister, John Key, says that the death toll caused by this quake just continues to rise.
The cabinet went on to say that they are currently meeting and will meet again later to consider whether to issue a national state of emergency or not. They said that they cannot rule out the idea of calling a national state of emergency, because it would allow them to potentially mobilize more resources a lot quicker. The government has to make sure that people have everything that they need at their disposal.
Key said that he had a lot of faith in the leadership in Christchurch. Despite this fact, a national emergency would give more control to the central government. Overall, it essentially gives more power to Wellington. This may be good considering the scale of what is being dealt with.
According to reports, this quake could prove to be one of the worst that New Zealand has seen in a long time. This seems to become more and more true as the death toll continues to rise. Right now there is no knowledge or even an estimate of how much damage was caused by this big quake.
So far, police have confirmed that at least 65 people have been killed in the quake. 38 of these people have still yet to be identified. However, experts say that they expect this death toll to just continue to grow. The biggest problem right now is trying to confirm the identity of the people who have been killed in the quake.