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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NZ earthquake kills 65

The death toll of the earthquake that hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand at 12:51 local time is 65, according to PM John Key, the NZ Herald reported. It was expected to rise.
The Pyne Gould Guinness building in Cambridge Terrace collapsed and fire fighters were trying to free up to 30 trapped people, Radio New Zealand reported. Others are feared trapped elsewhere.
Both the domestic and international terminals had been severely damaged and have to be checked before flights can be resumed, according to spokeswoman Monique Oomen. The airport will remain closed tonight to all except aid and emergency flights.
As a result of the 6.3 earthquake, the Christchurch Hospital is anticipating an increase of new babies being born when women have premature contractions, an experience learned from the quake last 4 September that hit 7.1 magnitude.
Mayor Bob Parker advised those whose homes are not safe to proceed to Addington Raceway or Burnside High School because the Hagley Park is no longer available for evacuees.
Continuous food and water supply are being taken cared of the NZ Food and Grocery Council.
There are currently 180 police involved in the rescue mission. Some 800 will arrive to augment the help.
Australia and the United States have offered help.
Mayor Parker assured the public that the government is doing all they can but people have to help one another also.
"We're in this together."
Details of this story here.

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