A devastating and massive earthquake has hit New Zealand in the city of Christchurch on February 21st, 2011. A magnitude of 6.3 which killed at least 65 people, and many buildings have collapsed onto victims. Fire rescuers have dug through the rubble overnight and reports that there might be more people trapped under the rubble and the total causalities could be much higher. Rescuers are overwhelmed as they try to cope with the amount of people now found injured and trapped. Helicopters were used to put out fires and cranes were used to rescue workers from high rise tower. Also 350 military troops were already at work in the city of Christchurch and another 250 were on the way to relieve them.
Christchurch City, New Zealand Earthquake
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake was the second in five months for the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. The previous earthquake was at 7.1. The current 10 second earthquake struck just before 1:00 pm as workers were in offices and the streets were full of people for lunch and children making their way home from school.
A statement posted on the website of the Christchurch Police Department said the fatalities included “two buses crushed by falling buildings”. It said that “the central city is currently being evacuated, as reports are received of widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations”.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand described seeing residents by the roadside with their heads in their hands and people are in absolute agony. He said offers of help have been received from Australia and USA.