Last Tuesday (22nd February) Lincoln suffered a second powerful earthquake in 5 months. This was centered further from Lincoln although it has caused Lincoln University to be closed for the last week. Unfortunately, this quake devastated large areas of Christchurch and resulted in over 200 deaths in the central city and there will be many short to long term implications for the city. Lincoln University reopened today and we will start our teaching semester two weeks late. The university is in good condition. The Ecology Department suffered no new damage and the Entomology Research Museum is in good shape. As far as we are aware, all ecology staff and students are safe (although many are still without running water and sewerage. Our thoughts go out to all those that have suffered during the quake and the many aftershocks (of which there have been about 5000 since September 4th).