Saturday, 4 September 2010
Earthquake hits New Zealand
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off New Zealand's South Island, the US Geological Survey has said.
The epicentre was 55km (35 miles) north-west of Christchurch, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), it added.
Police said there had been widespread damage to buildings and roads as well as power cuts. Two men were seriously injured by falling masonry and glass.
A state of emergency was later declared in Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city with a 386,000 population.
New Zealand lies at the southern end of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, and above an area of the Earth's crust where the Pacific Plate converges with the Indo-Australian Plate.
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