22 Feb '11, 1am

6.3 magnitude quake hits New Zealand's Christchurch, fatalities reported

6.3 magnitude quake hits New Zealand's Christchurch, fatalities reported

WELLINGTON: Multiple fatalities had been reported in New Zealand's Christchurch following a major 6.3 magnitude earthquake, including two buses that were crushed by falling debris, police said. The earthquake caused widespread damage in a city already recovering from a major quake in September last year . "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," police said in a statement. "Other reports include multiple building collapses, fires in buildings in the central (city) and persons reported trapped in buildings." Television footage showed panicked workers fleeing from offices after the quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at 12:51pm (2351 GMT Monday) five kilometres from the city at a depth of just four kilometres. Christchurch airp...

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