Powerful Earthquake Hit New Zealand-Pictures

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In this image made from video run by New Zealand's TV3, people are seen on a street in Christchurch, New Zealand Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the city. (AP Photo/TV3 via Associated Press Television News) NEW ZEALAND OUT, TV OUT

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On Tuesday afternoon, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand.

It happened during lunchtime when lots of people were in the city and kids were in their schools.

Christchurch is the second biggest city in New Zealand.

So far at least 65 people were killed and a lot of people were injured.

This is a terrible disaster.

Christchurch was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in September 2010 but nobody was killed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

A lot of buildings were collapsed, burying lots of vehicles.

A building in Christchurch, New Zealand, is destroyed after an earthquake struck Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/NZPA, Pam Johnson)

People were trapped in collapsed buildings.

The police said there was a report of two buses crushed under falling buildings.

Roads were cracked and destroyed.

There were also reports that some parts of the roads were swallowed together with the cars.

The earthquake also caused fire and some part or the city was flooded when the pipes burst.

Rescue workers work to extinguish a fire at a collapsed building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. A powerful earthquake collapsed buildings at the height of a busy workday killing at least 65 people and trapping dozens in one of the country's worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Mark Mitchell) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
The Christchurch, New Zealand, suburb of Bexley is flooded following an earthquake, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. A powerful earthquake collapsed buildings at the height of a busy workday killing at least 65 people and trapping dozens in one of the country's worst natural disasters. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Mark Mitchell) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

The Christchurch airport is closed.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declared a state of emergency and ordered people to evacuate the city center.

I am very sad and sorry for the earthquake victims and their families.

I hope that the school buildings are okay and the kids are not hurt.

A car crushed by rubble from collapsed buildings is pictured after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in this February 22, 2011 image taken from video footage. REUTERS/TV3 via Reuters TV

People walk past rubble as they evacuate after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in this February 22, 2011 image taken from video footage. REUTERS/TV3 via Reuters TV

 

Author: Ahmad Ali Karim

Blogger. Official Ambassador at Muafakat Pendidikan Johor (MPJ). Former Columnist at Utusan Online.

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