Deadly 6.3 magnitude quake hits Christchurch New Zealand
February 22, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – New Zealand’s second largest city Christchurch, has been hit by a deadly earthquake, measuring 6.3 in magnitude, with first reports suggesting there are 65 fatalities (so far) and many people trapped in buildings. Prime Minister John Key announced that “at least 65 people have lost their lives” and noted the rescuers were still scrabbling through the ruins of collapsed buildings looking for injured and trapped survivors and bodies.
The quake first hit at 12.51 p.m. local time, centered at Lyttelton, N.Z., southeast of Christchurch, at a depth of five kilometers. A 5.7-magnitude aftershock hit at 1:04 p.m, and aftershocks were continuing, the New Zealand Herald reported. The earthquake caused 30 million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand’s biggest glacier, which is about 120 miles from Christchurch on the west coast, 3News has reported. Also the spire of downtown Christchurch Cathedral collapsed into a central city square. This is the second earthquake in five months to hit the region, with a 7.1 magnitude quake in September last year causing widespread damage but no fatalities.