65 Confirmed Dead, With Many More Fatalities Expected

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):

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1 Response to 65 Confirmed Dead, With Many More Fatalities Expected

  1. Madeleine says:

    New Zealand’s worst disaster before this was the Napier earthquake of 1931 where 256 people died. The official number of dead from the quake today is 65 but news reports tonight are saying we should prepare for a number between 200-400. This number is being backed up by Facebook and blog rumours apparently originating from army personnel helping with the search and rescue – they say that they already are at the 200 mark but the official processes have not been carried out yet so the official number remains at 65. There are loads more buildings to go through the debris of yet so it does not seem that 200-400 will be that far out.
    It is unbelievable for us all here in New Zealand to believe this has happened. Our country is so small that pretty much everyone knows someone in Christchurch so this has really hit hard.

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