EQC moves to next phase of quake assessments

9:04 pm on 10 April 2011

The Earthquake Commission says it has almost finished its rapid assessments on houses damaged by the two major earthquakes in Canterbury.

The assessments were introduced a month ago to divide properties into low, moderate and severe categories of damage.

They have been completed on more than 182,000 homes.

The Commission says it is now beginning to carry out full assessments beginning with homes that have been severely damaged.

Its chief executive Ian Simpson says the goal was to complete the rapid assessments in eight weeks, and the Commission is ahead of time.