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
feared missing in NZ quake
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.