A powerful earthquake rocked the city of Christchurch, New Zealand last night, killing at least sixty-five people and possibly trapping over
a hundred in rubble. ABC News
reports that the quake "caused 30 million tons of ice to fall from New
Zealand's largest glacier, 120 miles from Christchurch. Twelve-foot-high
waves swept up and down the lake for 30 minutes." Currently, New
Zealand authorities are pairing
with Australia, the U.S., and other nations to help send special
engineering teams to help the rescue effort underway in the city and
The New Zealand Herald
reports that, although the quake was not as powerful last year's
September 4th shake, "it was much shallower, leading to greater damage."
A state of emergency has been declared, and "one-third of the
city was reported to be without electricity, with widespread damage to
roads, water, sewage and gas infrastructure. Emergency services, though
quick to react, were swamped by the scale of the damage," notes The Economist
Here are images from Christchurch, New Zealand (for more images visit The Atlantic's In Focus
Evacuation at a health clinic in Christchurch, NZ (AP/New Zealand Herald)
Rescue workers on collapsed Pyne Gould Guinness building (AP/New Zealand Herald)Bexley suburb of Christchurch flooded after earthquake (AP/New Zealand Herald)A car is crushed by a beam in Christchurch, New Zealand (AP/ New Zealand Herald)
A collapsed building in Christchurch, New Zealand (AP/New Zealand Herald
Cars are abandoned in suburban Christchurch (AP/New Zealand Herald)Toppled spire on the Christchurch Cathedral, NZ (AP/New Zealand Herald) All photos used under permission from Associated Press Images
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