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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Earthquake hits Christchurch in New Zealand

A powerful earthquake in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, has killed at least 65 people, while 200 others are feared trapped in damaged buildings.

TV pictures of the aftermath of Tuesday's disaster showed scores of collapsed buildings in the South Island city of nearly 400,000 people.

People could be seen wandering the rubble-strewn streets in distress.

Police said that among the dead were people on two buses which had been crushed by falling buildings.

Helicopters have been used to put out fires caused by the quake.

Concrete in Victoria Square had risen at least a metre in some places and there are signs of liquefaction around the Avon river, RNZ added.

Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water.

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