Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Zealand is devastated by powerful earthquake

SYDNEY, Australia — Rescue workers spent a cold, rainy night searching through rubble for survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch, on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people.

Photographs and video from Christchurch, a graceful 19th-century city of nearly 400,000 residents, showed people running through the streets, landslides pouring rocks and debris into suburban streets and extensive damage to buildings. Witnesses told of watching the spire of the iconic Christchurch Cathedral come crashing down during an aftershock. One witness called it “the most frightening thing of my entire life,” and television video showed a person clinging to a window in the cathedral’s steeple.

Officials warned that the death toll was likely to rise as scores of people were still missing and feared trapped in the wreckage of several buildings that were flattened by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake or the aftershocks still rocking the city.
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Atlanta Roofing said...

Most collapsed buildings had people in them so we're expecting more. There were people in the spire of the cathedral when it collapsed. It's truly awful that these guys have had a second massive disaster in six months. It was a miracle that no one died during the first one but that hit in the middle of the night, this one hit in the middle of a weekday and that has really contributed to the casualties.

Shena said...

All our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch