[Updated at 8:47 p.m. ET] New Zealand police say there have been "multiple fatalities" after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch Tuesday afternoon.
The deaths were reported at several locations, police said, and two buses were crushed by collapsing buildings.
The quake struck just before 1 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET).
The New Zealand Herald reported that phone lines in the area were out, roads were cracked and water mains had burst.FULL STORY