Search This Blog

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Zealand : Christchurch quake toll predicted to rise

Via ABC News :

" Hundreds of Christchurch residents are spending the night in the city's parks as rescuers continue to scrabble through the ruins of collapsed buildings in search of survivors from today's massive earthquake.

Prime minister John Key is warning the death toll of 65 is likely to rise after the 6.3-magnitude quake struck New Zealand's second largest city about 12:50pm local time.

Helicopters and cranes have already plucked terrified survivors from danger, but more than 100 are still missing after scores of buildings were reduced to rubble within seconds.

The spire of the city's historic cathedral also crashed to the ground in the second major quake to hit Christchurch in five months.

Cold temperatures and rain is making it harder for the people gathered at evacuation centres."

No comments:

Post a Comment