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WELLINGTON (AFP) – Multiple fatalities have been reported in New Zealand's Christchurch following a major 6.3 magnitude earthquake, including in two buses that were crushed by falling debris, police said.
"Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings. A doctor and emergency services are attending," police said in a statement.
"Other reports include multiple building collapses, fires in buildings in the central (city) and persons reported trapped in buildings."
#CHCH Quake Update 4 A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km. This has been followed by a number of aftershocks, the largest a magnitude 5.7 which was 6km deep and centred 10km east of Canterbury. There are areas of liquefaction in the central city, as well as telecommunications and power outages and reports of water in the streets. Damage assessment (1620hrs): The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is assessing information with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups. The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated. To minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people should use txt messaging to check if friends and family are safe There are reports of fatalities and injuries and widespread building collapse (especially in the central city). The earthquake was felt widely across the South Island. Christchurch City declared a state of emergency at 1445 hrs. National agencies have been activated and are being coordinated via the National Crisis Management Centre. There are Fire Service and Police reports of serious injuries and fatalities. The National Crisis Management Centre is anticipating a need for temporary accommodation due to the extensive building damage.
The New Zealand dollar was hammered Tuesday after Christchurch, the country's second largest city, was hit by a 6.3 earthquake, that is expected to take the wind out of the economy's recovery and take interest rate hikes off the agenda until well into 2012. Economists said the rebuilding of Christchurch after a 7.1 earthquake in September was expected to give the economy some extra oomph through 2011, but that process has been brought to a standstill.
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