Over the past 24 hours we have received emails and texts from people around the world asking about friends and colleagues in the Christchurch art community. There's not much we can say. The flow of information from the earthquake-ravaged city is patchy – even people on the ground are in the dark and having to wait for news to circulate via informal networks.
Unfortunately, the news vacuum is unlikely to be filled for a while. Phone networks are still plagued by power outages and people have been advised to text when using cellphones to free up the network for emergency responses.