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    Default New Zealand shaken by killer earthquake

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    At least 65 people have been killed as a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's southern city of Christchurch early Tuesday, damaging buildings and sending thousands of panicked people rushing into the streets.

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said it was likely the quake would prove to be New Zealand''s "darkest day".

    He said that New Zealanders should be assured that their government is doing everything it can to provide relief and rehabilitation. He said there were 180 police on the ground, a further 200 were on the way and 350 military were already in Christchurch with another 250 to arrive soon.

    The government had accepted offers of specialist help from Australia and the United States. "I don''t think we can go past the fact that we may well be witnessing New Zealand''s darkest day," Key said..











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    Default Earthquake in New Zealand

    At 12:51 p.m. on Tuesday, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, near the country's second-largest city, Christchurch. It is an aftershock of a massive, deeper earthquake that hit New Zealand last September, and has already caused more damage, injuries, and fatalities than the earlier quake. Hundreds of structures in Christchurch have now been severely damaged or collapsed completely. At the moment, at least 65 deaths have been confirmed, hundreds have been injured, and many are still missing. Below are images from New Zealand late yesterday, more will be added as they come in today.



    Debris crushed a car outside the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. The 6.3-magnitude quake hit at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing dozens of people in one of the country's worst natural disasters.





    People walk past rubble as they evacuate after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in this February 22, 2011 image taken from video footage.





    People are evacuated from a damaged building after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in this February 22, 2011 image taken from video footage.





    In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people walk through a street partly covered with rubble after an earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Locals stand in a park cordoned off by police, away from dangerous and unsafe areas of Christchurch central business district, New Zealand after a 6.3 earthquake hit Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    A man is rushed to hospital after being rescued from a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    Rescue workers climb onto the collapsed Pyne Gould Guinness Building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22 2011. A powerful earthquake collapsed buildings at the height of a busy workday killing at least 65 people and trapping dozens in one of the country's worst natural disasters.





    A man looks for any victims amongst rubble in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    Rescuers workers carry the body of a deceased woman on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    A building in Christchurch, New Zealand, is destroyed after an earthquake struck Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    The Christchurch, New Zealand, suburb of Bexley is flooded following an earthquake, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Cars are abandoned on a flooded street after a strong earthquake in suburban Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Rescue workers work to extinguish a fire at a collapsed building of King's Education in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Crushed cars are seen in a car parking building on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    Bodies are covered after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    An iconic Christchurch tram is covered in debris on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    Rescue crews look for staff in the damaged Pyne Gould Guinness building in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    Philippine seismologist Winchelle Sevilla points to a seismograph of an earthquake which struck New Zealand earlier in the day, during a press briefing at the Philippine volcanology office in Manila on February 22, 2011. At least 65 people died in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the New Zealand town of Christchurch Prime Minister John Key said.





    A destroyed Baptist church is seen after an earthquake in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A man lies injured on Manchester street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    People have broken windows to prepare to be rescued from a high-rise building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Rescue workers search for victims after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Collapsed buildings in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    An injured person is carried by rescue workers after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    A car is crushed by a beam in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    A collapsed building is barricaded following an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Rescue workers block off a collapsed building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    A general view shows a damaged building after an earthquake in Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    Several of the icebergs that caved into Tasman Lake are seen from the air after a 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, February 22, 2011.





    A group of people travel with Glacier Explorers to see one of the many icebergs that caved into Tasman Lake as a result of the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, February 22, 2011.





    Two women hug each other in front of a collapsed building in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    The four-story Pyne Gould Corporation building lies in ruin in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A man dies on the street with his wife holding his hand after an earthquake in Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A view shows a damaged cathedral after an earthquake in central Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A man holds a child in his arms after an earthquake in Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A man is seen after being pulled from the rubble after an earthquake in Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A policeman talks to a woman trapped in a collapsed cathedral after an earthquake in Christchurch February 22, 2011.





    A rescue dog stands between Taiwan earthquake rescue workers before their flight out of Taoyuan, northen Taiwan, February 22, 2011, to Christchurch, New Zealand via Sydney, Australia. New Zealand rescue teams worked under search lights early Wednesday to find scores of people trapped under collapsed buildings after an earthquake struck the country's second-biggest city of Christchurch, killing at least 65 people.





    Emergency services search the rubble for survivors of the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch's business district, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Search teams using dogs, heavy cranes and earth movers worked through dawn Wednesday in one of New Zealand's largest cities, trying frantically to find survivors amid the crumbled concrete, twisted metal and huge mounds of brick left by a powerful earthquake.





    Emergency services team members search for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch's business district on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.





    Liquefaction on Kilmore St, Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22nd, 2011. Liquefaction can occur during strong shaking where soil loosens and groundwater migrates to the surface under pressure.





    Street scene near a destryed cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22nd, 2011.





    The ground floor of a structure leans perilously, damaged by the earthquake centered near Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22nd, 2011.





    People look at badly fractured pavement after the earthquake in New Zealand on February 22nd, 2011.





    A young man stands inside an earthquake-caused crack in a New Zealand street on February 22nd, 2011.





    A young man jumps his bike on part of an earthquake-damaged bridge in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22nd, 2011.





    New Zealand Army vehicles patrol the streets on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    A BP truck is shown stopped by the earthquake on the road to Lyttelton on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    A large landslide lands on a house in Sumner on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    The Timeball Station is seen to be badly damaged, a day after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the township of Lyttelton near Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.





    Giant boulders and landslides crushed buildings in Sumner on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.





    Rescue workers use thermal cameras to search for survivors in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, after the city was hit by a 6.3 earthquake Tuesday, Feb 22.





    Fifteen-year-old Kent Manning, left, and his sister Libby, 18, react with their father, who asked not to identified, after they were told by police that there was no hope of finding Kent and Libby's mother alive in a collapsed building following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.
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    Default New Zealand quake: Toll rises to 123

    The toll in New Zealand's earthquake-hit Christchurch city has reached 123 and is expected to rise further Saturday, police said.

    The magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch Feb 22.

    Police superintendent Dave Cliff told the media Saturday morning that 123 people had been confirmed dead. 'We do expect that number to rise today.'

    Two hundred people remained missing, New Zealand Herald reported.

    Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said people needed to steel themselves for the toll to rise considerably in the coming days.

    'It's a sad morning with the confirmed death toll now up to 123 people,' Parker said.
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    Default Christchurch quake death toll reaches 145

    Rescuers in New Zealand's quake-devastated Christchurch city recovered more bodies from the debris of flattened buildings on Saturday, taking the toll to 145 which includes victims of 20 nationalities.


    There have been no live rescues since Wednesday and given that the number of missing is above 200, the number of dead is certain to rise.


    The 6.8 magnitude quake that hit Christchurch on Tuesday devastated the city and brought down several buildings, trapping scores of people under the rubble.


    The official toll has risen to 145 on Saturday evening, the New Zealand Herald reported.


    "We expect that number to rise," Superintendent David Cliff was quoted as saying. He added that the number of missing people for whom there are grave concerns remains at more than 200. Among the dead are people of 20 different nationalities.
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