At Least 65 Killed In New Zealand Earthquake

Christchurch New Zealand seems to be in a distraught state after the 6.3-magnitude Earthquake that hit it on Tuesday afternoon. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.C.), the quake struck on Tuesday just before 1p.m. (7p.m. Monday ET), followed by two aftershocks. The first after shock was of 5.6-magnitude 15 minutes later and then a 5.5-magnitude aftershock shortly before 3p.m. local time.

Christchurch New Zealand seems to be in a distraught state after the 6.3-magnitude Earthquake that hit it on Tuesday afternoon. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.C.), the quake struck on Tuesday just before 1p.m. (7p.m. Monday ET), followed by two aftershocks. The first after shock was of 5.6-magnitude 15 minutes later and then a 5.5-magnitude aftershock shortly before 3p.m. local time.

“windows blowing out, bricks falling down, people screaming, the whole nine yards…It was bloody serious…I'm worried about what I'm going to find down the road.” – Laura Campbell, who was trying to walk home.

New Zealand Police agency's website stated that a large-scale evacuation of the central city was under way. Accounts of the aftermath have been devastating. This Quake had multiple fatalities; it killed an undetermined number of people at various locations around the city, toppled buildings on buses, buckled streets, toppled the Christchurch Cathedral’s spire. Due to the earthquake phone lines in the area including Chistchurch’s emergency 111 service was out and water mains had burst flooding several streets. The Christchurch Hospital was being evacuated and the airport was closed.

A view of the damage to the cathedral after the earthquake in Christchurch

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday afternoon, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets and damaged cathedrals, authorities said.

New Zealand Police announced on the agency's website that a large-scale evacuation of the central city was under way. According to the news release, the earthquake killed an undetermined number of people at various locations around the city, including passengers on two buses crushed by buildings that had fallen on them.

TVNZ reported that the 147-year-old Christchurch Cathedral's spire had toppled, Christchurch Hospital was being evacuated and the airport was closed.

Laura Campbell told CNN she was at work at the bottom of a six-story building when the earthquake struck. She described seeing "windows blowing out, bricks falling down, people screaming, the whole nine yards."

"It was bloody serious," said Campbell, who was trying to walk home. "I'm worried about what I'm going to find down the road."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just before 1 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET), and a 5.6-magnitude aftershock struck about 15 minutes later. The U.S.G.S. recorded a second 5.5-magnitude aftershock shortly before 3 p.m. local time.

The New Zealand Herald reported that phone lines in the area were out, including the city's emergency 111 service, roads were cracked -- in some cases lifted as much as a meter (1 yard) -- and water mains had burst, flooding several streets.

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