NZ Christchurch earthquake update: 65 people confirmed dead, hundreds still trapped inside buildings

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

Christchurch, New ZealandPrime Minister John Key confirmed that at least 65 people died and being feared to increase, after a shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch at about 12:51 pm on Tuesday. (NZ time)

Pyne Gould Corporation building
Photo credit: Don Scott/The Press

According to the developing reports in New Zealand news sites, Prime Minister John Key announced that there at least 65 casualties as of this writing, and mostly likely to increase to more than double.

On the other hand, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said that from 100 to 200 people are still trapped inside buildings in Christchurch.

Series of strong aftershocks to as much as Magnitude 5 occurred, and Canterbury University geologist Mark Quigley told reports that it is hard to predict how long they could continue.

Meanwhile, search and rescue operations continue and hundreds heavily injured have been rushed to hospitals, particularly to Christchurch Hospital due to the strong earthquake.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated while Hagley Park is now full and already closed, so incoming residents are being advised to go to Addington Raceway or Burnside High School.

Among the buildings in Christchurch that collapsed and severely damaged include Christchurch Cathedral, Pyne Gould Business building, among others.

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