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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Zealand : Earthquake (News update)

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Quake among New Zealand's worst

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch today is among the most serious to hit New Zealand since records began.

The quake struck at 12:51pm (local time) at a depth of four kilometres and according to the US Geological Survey was centred five kilometres north-west of Christchurch. It was followed by several strong aftershocks measuring up to 5.6 in strength.

New Zealand government cannot confirm reports of quake deaths

The New Zealand government said it was unable to confirm reports of multiple deaths from an earthquake in the city of Christchurch on Tuesday.

New Zealand earthquake - live updates

Multiple fatalities and widespread damage as Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by 6.3 magnitude quake.

4.48am / 5.48pm NZ: Most of the attention has focussed on the city centre but news is filtering in from the nearby port of Lyttelton and seaside town of New Brighton, both closer to the centre of the earthquake. Now TV3 channel is reporting that the two towns are "unliveable", which suggests considerable damage."

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