Universities and schools to remain closed

12:04 pm on 23 February 2011

Universities and schools in Canterbury have been closed following a powerful earthquake on Tuesday.

A 6.3 magnitude quake has caused widespread damage in Christchurch.

The University of Canterbury has closed its campus until further notice and cancelled classes for the rest of the week.

Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr says no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.

The university has set up a welfare and information centre for those needing assistance at its NZi3 building on Crekye Road.

Lincoln University also reported that staff and students on its campus during the quake are safe.

Vice-Chancellor Roger Field says Lincoln will be closed on Wednesday while its buildings are inspected.

Schools closed until further notice

The Ministry of Education says all schools in Christchurch are closed until further notice.

Officials are also recommending schools and early childhood services in Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts close on Wednesday.

Schools are being advised to have at least one person on site in the morning in case students arrive because they did not get the message.