Gallery: Rescuers try to save New Zealand quake victims

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 22, 2011 13:34

Efforts continue to pull out some 100 people thought trapped in collapsed rubble after 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Christchurch.




New Zealand earthquake 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck one of New Zealand's biggest cities Tuesday at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing at least 65 people in one of the country's worst natural disasters.

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It was the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months, though Tuesday's temblor caused far more destruction than a stronger September quake that struck before dawn on a weekend. More than 100 people, including as many as a dozen visiting Japanese students, were thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness — and drizzling rain — fell Tuesday night.


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