14 Mar 2016

Claims pour in after February 2016 earthquakes

8:46 am on 14 March 2016

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has received more than 5000 claims in connection with the two earthquakes that struck Christchurch in February.

The view from Godley Head Track of a cliff collapsing near Sumner.

The view from Godley Head Track of a cliff collapsing near Sumner after the 5.7 earthquake on Valentine's Day. Photo: RNZ/ Sally Murphy

The 5.7 Valentine's Day quake caused coastal cliffs to collapse and triggered liquefaction in some eastern suburbs.

Residents were also jolted awake on 29 February when a 4.3 quake hit at 3.32am.

The commission's customer and claims manager, Trish Keith, said 5048 claims had been made - 73 percent of them for building damage, 21 percent for contents and 6 percent for land damage.

It was too early to put a cost on the earthquakes, as people had another two months to make claims, she said.