U.S. Response to Earthquake in New Zealand

Feb. 24 - On Feb. 23, President Obama called New Zealand Prime Minister Key to express deep condolences over the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch, and to reaffirm the offer of American assistance, noting that a U.S. search and rescue team was on its way to New Zealand and that the United States was ready to provide whatever further support was needed. The Department of State alerted U.S. citizens to the devastation, conveying the message that New Zealand government agencies are advising against any non-essential travel to Christchurch at this time.