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Properties in Christchurch suburbs evacuated after cracks appeared in cliffs

February 28, 2011

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New Zealand police are evacuating 60 properties in exclusive Christchurch suburbs after cracks appeared in cliffs above the houses.

Residents in Kinsey Terrace, Tuawera Terrace and at the bottom of Clifton Terrace were asked to head towards the Sumner Beach Surf club, police said.

Police were going to each affected house, and a geologist was assessing cracks in a nearby cliff that was causing concern.

It was not known how long the residents would be out of their homes, police said.

The evacuation comes as Civil Defence closed the main road into the east Christchurch suburb of Sumner to assess the stability of the rock face between Cave Terrace and Nayland Street.

To get to Sumner, people should use Evans Pass via Mount Pleasant Road and Summit Road, Civil Defence said.

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