In New Zealand, it’s gone from very bad to worse this morning with news that many have died and many more are suspected dead or trapped under the rubble.
A powerful earthquake struck one of New Zealand’s biggest cities Tuesday at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, crushing buses and killing at least 65 people in one of the country’s worst natural disasters.
It was the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months, though Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude temblor caused far more destruction than a stronger September quake that struck before dawn on a weekend. More than 100 people, including as many as a dozen visiting Japanese students, were thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness — and drizzling rain — fell Tuesday night.
“It is just a scene of utter devastation,” Prime Minister John Key said after rushing to the city within hours of the quake. He said the death toll was 65, and may rise. “We may well be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”
So very, very sad. It is a dark day. Here’s a couple of photos that show just a fragment of the devastation: the Cathedral before and after the quake (courtesy of Stuart):
- At Least 65 Dead in New Zealand Earthquake (time.com)
- Christchurch earthquake: 65 people dead in ‘New Zealand’s darkest day’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- New Zealand earthquake kills scores (cbsnews.com)