New Zealand Earthquake 2011 Photos and Videos: Christchurch Quake
Christchurch Earthquake 2011
One of the Earthquakes Today Involved a 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake That Hit Christchurch in New Zealand
Seven people have been killed, buildings have been toppled, people are trapped, fires are breaking out, and buses have been crushed in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, the second earthquake in five months.
This earthquake struck at about 12:51pm Tuesday February 22, (23:51 GMT on Monday), and only had a depth of 4km (2.5 miles).
Bodies have already been shown on local TV being pulled out of the rubble.
“It’s huge, it’s just huge,” a priest told a TV reporter outside the remains of the city’s stone cathedral, part of which had been reduced to a pile of large sandstone blocks.
“I just don’t know whether there are people under this rubble,” he said, before he appeared to add in a quiet voice: “I think so.”
The epicentre of the quake was centered about 10 km southwest of Christchurch, and the damage is widespread.
Phone lines and avenues of communication are damaged and getting information from the region may be difficult for some time.
The New Zealand Herald reported that phone lines in the area were out, roads were cracked -- in some cases lifted as much as a meter (1 yard) -- and water mains had burst, flooding several streets.
New Zealand's transit authority told TVNZ that it had been unable to reach its staff in Christchurch and at the Lyttleton Tunnel, which is near the epicenter.
It is being reported that the city's 106-year-old Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament has also partly collapsed.
The airport is closed until further notice.
All planes headed for the airport are being diverted and no planes are currently taking off.