Officials: NZ earthquake death toll rises to 75

February 23, 2011 01:03

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Officials in New Zealand say the death toll from the earthquake in Christchurch has risen to 75.

Prime Minister John Key told a news conference on Wednesday that police had confirmed 75 deaths from the quake a day earlier, up from the previous total of 65.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker 300 people were listed as missing but cautioned that the number trapped in collapsed buildings was not known.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near the city around lunchtime on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and sending rubble tumbling onto cars and people.

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