New Zealand Earthquake 2011
On Tuesday afternoon (local time) a monstrous earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Unlike last year’s temblor, this impressive seism has caused several deaths according to police who confirmed the news in the following statement released to the media:
“Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings. A doctor and emergency services are attending.”
The statement went on to say:
“Other reports include multiple building collapses, fires in buildings in the central (city) and persons reported trapped in buildings.”
Local television channels have showed several injured people and lifeless bodies being pulled from under the rubble.
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key spoke about the terrible natural disaster that hit his nation couple hours ago saying:
“It is a very populated time with people at work, children at school.Sadly I cannot rule out whether there have been fatalities or not, but we are aware of significant damage to buildings that had people in them at the time.”
According to Radio New Zealand, the quake may have caused two buses carrying several dozens of passengers to crash, it has also contributed to the collapsing of a bridge and a church.
Many residents have taken to Twitter and Facebook to reveal that the earthquake has caused power outages and interruption of telephone lines all over the city.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicenter was located very close to Christchurch and was about 5 km deep.
Christchurch City which counts over 364,000 inhabitants was seriously rattle by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on 4 September, 2010.
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