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. dgracefan

    Huge damage –

    February 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mizz megz

      R.I.P to all the peeps down in chch hope ma fams are ok ma hometown no one cares about california it suckz

      February 22, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • mizz megz

      people dont realise 6.3 is huge when a earthquake isnt that deep

      February 22, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |

    6.3 is medium i think.. whens the big one going to hit in cali?

    February 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattB

      Everyone cares about Christchurch now, not California.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      6.3 is medium????? have you ever experienced an earthquake? why don't you tell the victim's family that???

      February 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaquille

      I experienced the earthquake, believe me it was way worse then the 7.1 we had back in September. My brother was out in Town and has footage, it's is really bad. Worst earthquake so far.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |

      um whenever the big one hit cali... it will be way worse.. more people live there and it's supposedlly over due.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dgracefan

    6.3 but very shallow and centered in the middle of town. Watching live news NZ. A lot of injuries and there will be deaths

    February 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    So lightening can strike twice...what is going on here?

    February 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luna

      Who equates lightning to earthquakes? It's sadly not surprising that this happened again. The plates are shifting. The earth moves. Mountains form and on and on. This is literally how the world works.

      My heart goes out to everyone affected.

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

      It's was my understanding that the strangeness about new Zealand that there are no plates or faults located in this area...I may be wrong! Lightening strikes twice refers to the rarity with the same place and so soon

      February 22, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Koolkat5061

      The fault line between the Pacific plate and Austrailian plate literally goes right through New Zealand. In the time you wrote your post you probably could have figured that out with a google search.

      February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. carol

    Sending my prayers - this is an unbelievable ....

    February 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alex Andersson

    Only 6.3 in magnitude but around 3 miles (5km) below the suface... so there was plenty of destruction throughout the city. Aftershocks are still being felt and will continue for a while. People trapped inside crushed cars, scene of a young boy pulled out of rubble looking lifeless, multi-story carparks filled up with cars and completely flattened, etc. The level of destruction almost looks like something a 7 or 8 magnitude would cause.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    any update on the center of town near the Cathedral, was there much damage or injuries.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adrienne Freeland

    My brother just called from Christchurch he and his wife and daughter are OK but he says its bad. He could not talk long but wanted me and my brothers to know he was safe. Sending Prayers.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane Starkey Denver, CO

      Hi Adrienne, Do you know what phone service he used to get out, my two brothers and their wives are in Christ Church. We've tried phoning both US and AU tel numbers can't get through. Thank you. Diane

      February 22, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lyn

    Prayers are with all in the Ch Ch & wider region.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex Andersson

    The historic church in Cathedral Square has been destroyed. Two city buses filled with commuters have been flattened by falling buildings and dozens of people are being pulled from the rubble. Cars flattened everywhere and streets lined with fallen facades, powerlines. Reports now of another powerful aftershock have just come in.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex Andersson

    The city have run out of ambulances so wagons, 4x4s, buses, utility vehicles... anything they can their hands on is being used to rush the injured and critical to the hospitals. Lots of screams, shouts and yelling coming from within many collapsed offices and buildings. This could turn out to be one of New Zealand's worst quakes yet 🙁

    February 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy


    why the earthquake? Did you lose the key to the lightning cabinet?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Seriously, my heart goes out to the victims and their families.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WailuaWendy

    I LOVE New Zealand!!! Christchurch is such a beautiful city, full of charm and fabulous and friendly people. My heart broke with the quake last year, and I am just stunned that another has hit this special place, My heart goes out to all in that glorious city and country! Aloha!

    February 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Maxwell

    We have the same feelings here in Brazil ... and share the same pain ... strength to all of you ...

    February 22, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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