New Zealand earthquake hits Christchurch, buildings collapsed and fatalities reported

By on Feb 22, 2011 in Natural Disasters, World Comments

Updated: February 22, 2011 2 p.m.

Read: Latest updates of NZ Christchurch earthquake update: 65 people confirmed dead, hundreds still trapped inside buildings

Christchurch, New Zealand – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, just before 1pm (NZ time) on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, according to news sites in New Zealand.

Pyne Gould Corporation building, Christchurch
Photo credit: Richard Cosgrove/The Press

According to developing reports, there were fatalities and injuries and top officials are still performing rescue reports, particularly to people trapped inside buildings where stairways collapsed.

Large establishments including Christchurch Cathedral, Pyne Gould Business building, and Forsyth Barr building and other hotels has been largely damaged and some are totally devastated.

Power lines was cut in most parts of Christchurch and several aftershocks has been felt, while Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told news reports that rescue operations are going on.

Airports runways were closed at some flights have been reportedly canceled due to the huge earthquake.

On the other hand, Civil Defense Minister John Carter said that ambulances and hospitals are continuously serving victims and collapsed buildings are being closely attends to rescue trapped inside.

Meanwhile, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has declared a state of emergency and series of emergency cabinet meeting will take place to assess the extent of the damage.

Back in September 4, 2010, a much stronger 7.1-magnitude earthquake also rocked the Christchurch but there were no reported casualties.

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