This quake has inflicted severe damage on downtown Christchurch, with 65 reported dead as of this morning, and the death toll almost certain to rise. The Wall Street Journal is running constant updates to this article as further news becomes available. TVNZ is also running a live feed.
Australia has offered whatever aid they can provide:
Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told a press conference that Australia will give New Zealand whatever it needs to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake. She says she told her New Zealand counterpart, John Key, “anything you want that we’ve got we will get it to you.”