Earthquake hits New Zealand

At least 65 people have been killed in an earthquake that hit the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. The 6.3 magnitude quake struck the country’s second-largest city on a busy weekday afternoon.

The airport was closed and Christchurch Hospital was evacuated. Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water. Some cars apparently parked on the street were buried under rubble.

Some people were stuck in office towers and firefighters climbed ladders to pluck people trapped on roofs to safety.

Some multi-storey buildings collapsed in on themselves, and others with walls that had collapsed into the streets, strewn with bricks and shattered concrete.

The city is home to about 350,000 people and is considered a tourist centre.

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