Christchurch earthquake medical response

A SIGNIFICANT number of people were badly injured in yesterday's Christchurch earthquake tragedy, but it is still too soon to say how many, New Zealand Civil Defence Minister John Carter says.

Christchurch Hospital cared for 220 major trauma patients overnight, but the total number of people injured was still unknown.

"There's been a number of people who've gone to triage and their injuries have been addressed there, so there isn't a definite figure. And, of course, what's been happening is people have been going into hospitals, and then have been moved out, and so it's changing quite rapidly at the moment," Mr