by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 23, 2011

 The New Zealand Herald reports that all guests and staff at the three Millennium and Copthorne hotels in central Christchurch are believed to have been safely evacuated following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit yesterday. There is no confirmation yet that one of the hotels collapsed. "We believe that all guests and staff from all three of our central business district hotels [Millennium Hotel Christchurch, Copthorne Hotel Christchurch City and Copthorne Hotel Christchurch Central] have been safely evacuated," Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand managing director B.K. Chiu told the Herald.