Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Earthquake has Hit Christchurch, New Zealand ! Depth and Location

Tuesday's damaging tremor in Christchurch is almost certainly related to the much more energetic event that hit the region last September.A strong earthquake shook New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

The 6.3-magnitude quake, per the USGS, shook New Zealand's South Island and its largest city of Christchurch at 12:50 p.m. local time.

But whereas last year's quake caused relatively little damage and no deaths, the natural disaster that struck the city on 22 February looks set to go down in the record books as one of the most catastrophic in New Zealand's history."We may well be witnessing New Zealand's darkest day...The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise," New Zealand prime minister John Key told local TV.

"It's hard to describe. What was a vibrant city a few hours ago has been brought to its knees," added Mr Key, who had flown to Christchurch.

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