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.
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.
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 stand outside a building damaged by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand, early Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Alexander) ** NEW ZEALAND OUT **
A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s South Island early Saturday.
The quake hit at 4:35 a.m. (1635 GMT).
People ran out of their homes to the streets.
According to the state geological agency GNS Science, the quake hit 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of Christchurch.
There was no tsunami alert.
So far nobody was killed and only two people were seriously injured.
There were reports of some people trapped in damaged buildings.
The Christchurch International Airport was closed.
Chimneys and walls had fallen from older buildings, roads had been blocked, traffic lights were out and power, gas and water supplies were disrupted.
There were reports that some buildings had collapsed.
The fronts of at least five buildings in the central city of Christchurch have collapsed.
At least six bridges had been badly damaged.
Several wharves at the port had been damaged.
Kiwirail rail transport group spokesman Kevin Ramshaw said 13 mostly freight trains had been halted on South Island lines, with some damage already confirmed to rail lines north of Christchurch.
Police said that looters broke into some of the damaged shops in Christchurch.
Minister of Civil Defense John Carter said, army troops were on standby to assist as a state of civil emergency was declared.
New Zealand sits above an area of the Earth’s crust where two tectonic plates collide.