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New Zealand earthquake: Rescuers work through night…..

From the BBC…..

Many parts of Christchurch were left in ruins after the quake

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Rescuers are toiling overnight in New Zealand to reach scores of trapped people after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which has claimed at least 65 lives.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says more than 100 people are feared buried in collapsed buildings in the city.

The disaster struck at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) on Tuesday lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.

It is the South Island city’s second tremor in six months, and the country’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Districts deluged

The mayor has declared a state of emergency and ordered the city centre’s evacuation.

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On a cold and wet night, emergency teams have been toiling under floodlights to reach survivors, as relatives keep vigil outside.

Rescue teams with sniffer dogs have been fanning out across Christchurch.

A series of aftershocks, some as big as magnitude 5, have rattled the stricken city of nearly 400,000 people.

Many power and telephone lines are knocked out, while burst water mains have deluged whole districts.

Up to 30 people were feared trapped inside the flattened Pyne Gould Guinness building, where screams have been heard from the ruins…..

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February 23, 2011 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates |

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