21 babies born in New Zealand hospital after powerful quake

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September 6, 2010 15:23

 
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An unusually high number of births were recorded after a 7.1 Richter scale earthquake hit New Zealand this past weekend, AFP reported on Monday.

At a Christchurch area hospital, a record 21 babies were born last Saturday in the 24-hour period following the earthquake, a hospital spokeswoman told AFP.

The quake struck at 4:35 a.m. Saturday near the South Island city of 400,000 people, ripping open a new fault line in the earth's surface, destroying hundreds of buildings and cutting power to the region. No one was killed, and only two serious injuries were reported.

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