Multiple deaths reported after New Zealand earthquake
February 21st, 2011
07:21 PM ET

Multiple deaths reported after New Zealand earthquake

[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.

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  1. vicki

    i was in the earthquake with myfamily, my sisters were right in the middle of it and if they wernt on a bus they would of been injured or even killed.
    the reason , to me, why this one was worse not just bease of it was shellow but becase of what timed it hit and where everyone was

    February 22, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. nicole harris

    May our Lord Jesus be with those poor people.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Aiie

      Great set of images and, as usual, a load of other corsnmipoas waiting to be done.One point of issue with Dynamic above. The big problem with DDT is not that it gets used, but how it gets used. Impregnated mozzie nets is one thing (anyone done any longitudinal studies on birth defects in the children of people who sleep in a DDT environment as children?) but random bulk spraying in the environment to kill the pupae and anything else downwind is NOT a good idea. Rachel Carson was not kidding.While we are getting squirrely about toxic environments, check (Linked from )

      July 14, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. angeldust

    Mizz Egz, I care about california. Ass! It does suck tho.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in : banasy is a Hermaphadite/ breaking news

    February 22, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. madamgeeky

    It's horrific. Please donate and help.

    Earthquake video hub and emergency support donation lines:

    February 22, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. mandih2o

    my thoughts and prayers are with the people of ChCh and all those effected by this horriffic disaster!

    February 22, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. God'sBrain

    I still say Jesus is a false prophet, even if the CNN censors think otherwise.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jesus

    Father why hast thou striketh Christchurch twice? Dost thou want me to stoppeth the charade that I'm the wayeth into heaven? You also want me to stopeth being an enabler for criminals and low lifes?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Istra Bershidevsky

      Holy fears. Jesus is proving to be a bit of an off bet. The Am's would be in the street wailing for a new set of fear laws. We'll tough it out and mourn properly.

      February 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ed bailey

    Earthquake prone areas are no joking matter. People die because man was not quite aware of what the proper building techniques were. We are smarter now but the money to retro is unthinkable.if we don't do it this horror will repeat itself many,many times!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Рike riddle

    Нow to search people under the rubble of concrete when will be discharged battery on theirs mobile phones?

    The only effective way of detecting people under the rubble – it's infrared camera of a military helicopter.

    Quality infrared cameras mounted also on fighters, but the possibility of detection of small objects is limited by the speed of aircraft.

    Оnly amphibious military hovercraft can travel on the destroyed roads and deliver food and medicines and to evacuate large groups of people.

    Рike riddle: that from this list will be used in New Zealand?

    February 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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