New Zealand Earthquake

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Found 22nd Feb 2011
devastation in parts of christchurch........

quake was only 5 km deep

Rescuers dug frantically for bodies and people trapped after a major 6.3 earthquake caused "multiple" deaths in New Zealand's second city of Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles.

Thousands of panicked and tearful residents thronged the city's streets after the quake struck at lunchtime, just six months after a 7.0-magnitude tremor shattered buildings but did not claim any lives.

Police warned the latest earthquake had left people dead. One office building housing 200 workers had collapsed, while Christchurch Cathedral's spire tumbled.
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Local station TV3 said dead bodies had been pulled from a hostel, and a tourist had been crushed to death in a van. All flights across the country were briefly suspended after Christchurch control tower was damaged.

Declaring a state of emergency, Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said: "Everybody needs to understand that this is going to be a very black day for this severely shaken city.

"I've had reports of buses that are trapped under fallen buildings, car park buildings that have taken significant damage, collapsed or partially collapsed. In some of the inner-city streets we have people trapped in buildings."

As several strong aftershocks pummelled the stricken city of 340,000, which has endured continuous tremors since September's disaster, bleeding and limping survivors emerged from damaged buildings.

Christchurch airport was closed and The Press building, a centre for newspapers, was badly damaged. Reports said trapped survivors were desperately phoning their families from the wreckage.

"The details that we have are extremely sketchy. But the worry and fear of course is that this earthquake has taken place at a time when (residents) were going about their business," said Prime Minister John Key.

"It is a very populated time with people at work, children at school," he warned. "Sadly I cannot rule out whether there have been fatalities."

The quake struck at 12:51 pm (2351 GMT Monday), five kilometres (three miles) from Christchurch at a depth of just four kilometres.

Emergency services said it was more damaging than September's quake, which struck before dawn with most people safely at home.

"The shake has been a lot worse, maybe not in intensity but as far as damage is concerned, and there are numerous people trapped," a fire service spokesman told Radio New Zealand.

Cars were buried under rubble and roads buckled as the tremor opened ruptures in the ground. Police feared multiple deaths, including in two buses that were crushed by falling debris.

"Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings. A doctor and emergency services are attending," a police statement said.

"Other reports include multiple building collapses, fires in buildings in the central (city) and persons reported trapped in buildings."

On September 4, Christchurch suffered the most destructive quake to hit New Zealand in 80 years when a 7.0-magnitude tremor damaged 100,000 homes, leaving a clean-up bill estimated at NZ$4.0 billion US dollars (US$3.0 billion).

The city remained under a state of emergency for weeks with police cordoning off the centre for fear of collapsing buildings, as thousands of aftershocks hit the region.

At the time, authorities gave a clean bill of health to Christchurch's 36,000-capacity AMI stadium, one of the venues for the rugby World Cup starting in September.

New Zealand sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", a vast zone of seismic and volcanic stretching from Chile on one side to Japan and Indonesia on the other.

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You think SB is okay? .... like any of us care

I joke....

Edited by: "lumoruk" 22nd Feb 2011

I just woke up to this news, have a friend who lives there.

just looked at pics ..wow! not nice...hope ASB is ok

Yeh same just woke up to this news just looks awful for them all.
Quite alot of Brits live over there now

Original Poster Banned

65 confirmed dead so far......

absolute tragedy, just watching the footage on tv atm

Bad Times,all the best to everyone out there

Government just been on TV saying we will help in anyway we can,and quite right too.

Just awful - OP are you still in NZ?

Terrible news!

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bossyboots

Just awful - OP are you still in NZ?



not me its asb who is there, not sure exactly where tho....think he has mentioned somewhere

sydney here

Sloth/Mod

Saw this at about 2:15am this morning on Sky News at which point they said there were fears that people were killed. Didn't expect it to be this bad......awful.

Hope ASB is ok.

Terrible, just been watching coverage.

Sloth/Mod

Some pictures

http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2011/Feb/Week4/15938240.jpg

http://news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2011/Feb/Week4/15938212.jpg

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01256/quake-682_1256680a.jpg

http://media.nola.com/news_impact/photo/9309955-large.jpg

so sad the world seems to be falling apart

We don't know how lucky we are In UK.

octobergirl

so sad the world seems to be falling apart



lol this is the most ridiculous comment i've read in a while.

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casparwhite

65 confirmed dead so far......absolute tragedy, just watching the footage … 65 confirmed dead so far......absolute tragedy, just watching the footage on tv atm



It's a tragedy indeed with the death toll, according to local news, estimated at between 200-400, although the official figure is still 65.

I'm in the North Island, therefore unaffected personally, but it's heart breaking to see some of the reactions captured on video as the events unfold.

Sloth/Mod

Glad you are ok ASB.

Hopefully the death toll there won't be as bad as feared.

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there are still hundreds of people trapped within buildings, theyve just had some woman break down in tears on the phone to the tv station who is stuck under a desk.....shes tired, bloody impossible to sleep in them conditions

casparwhite

there are still hundreds of people trapped within buildings, theyve just … there are still hundreds of people trapped within buildings, theyve just had some woman break down in tears on the phone to the tv station who is stuck under a desk.....shes tired, bloody impossible to sleep in them conditions



Must be so awful, impossible to imagine exactly how she and others must be feeling. I hope they can get them out safely.

Glad to hear you're ok ASB

phew, glad all is well with u ASB.

Emzy81...ikwym!!

Poor people - a nightmare of devastation and terror.

Watch the price of lamb sky-rocket.

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aScottishBloke

It's a tragedy indeed with the death toll, according to local news, … It's a tragedy indeed with the death toll, according to local news, estimated at between 200-400, although the official figure is still 65.I'm in the North Island, therefore unaffected personally, but it's heart breaking to see some of the reactions captured on video as the events unfold.



Glad you're not dead.

ditto.
And really glad ASB checked in too


New figures have just been released by authorities in Christchurch. They say there are 55 bodies in the morgue; 20 more bodies being transported to the morgue and 300 people reported missing.

Read more: news.com.au/wor…218
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