New Zealand was hit by magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, February 22, according to several news sites.
The 6.3 New Zealand earthquake hit in particular South Island and its city Christchurch. Epicenter of the earthquake was recorded with a depth of 5 kilometers and its location was at Lyttelton.
The strong earthquake was even felt as far as Dunedin and Wellington.
Some infrastructures were damaged said several local news reports in New Zealand. A church in Christchurch collapsed while a bridge was badly damaged that it was deemed impassable. Christchurch Cathedral was damaged said several locals. Going to the area through plane is also difficult at this moment as the airport has been shut down and many roads were reported damaged.
The Canterbury region registers a population of around half a million.
Prime Minister John Key announced that death toll due to the earthquake stand at 65. He said that this number could still rise as recovery operation and reports of people trapped on collapsed buildings are still being verified by authorities.
Rescue operations are on-going and authorities are expected also to released updates on damages, casualties and other efforts to help out many of those whose homes were in total wreck.
Christchurch hospital is also expecting many women to go on premature delivery as an effect of the earthquake.
The United Kingdom reportedly also sent some help while rescue and recovery operations are on-going.
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Photo credit: 3news.co.nz
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