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ChristChurch - Earthquake 6.3 strikes at 12:51pm local time
22-Feb-2011 / ( International - Previous | Next | Last )

An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude shook Christchurch in New Zealand today afternoon at 12:51pm local time.

Flights across New Zealand have been grounded after the earthquake. The air traffic control of New Zealand is situated in Christchurch and all air traffic has been stopped until it is verified to be okay.

Reports of losses and deaths have just begun to come in.

Several buildings are reported to have collapsed and that there were people inside these buildings at the time of collapse. There are also reports of a couple of buses being trapped under a fallen building.

The city's iconic church building has also been damaged in the incident.

The country's leaders have summoned an emergency cabinet meeting to review the situation. There are talks of an evacuation of the city, as there is fear that some buildings that were damanged in the quake could still fall.

According to US Geological Survey the quake had a magnitude of 6.3 and was located at 43.600°S, 172.710°E at a depth of 5 kilometers.

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