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Yet Another Quake Hits Christchurch

4.7-magnitude quake rattles NZ city

(Newser) - One of the stronger of the thousands of earthquakes and aftershocks to hit Christchurch since last year's devastating 6.1 quake struck the New Zealand city today. No reports of serious injuries or damage were received after the 4.7 quake, reports the New Zealand Herald . Authorities closed the... More »

Strong Quakes Rock Christchurch

Only minor injuries, damage reported

(Newser) - A series of strong earthquakes shook Christchurch, New Zealand, today, 10 months after a major quake killed 182 people and destroyed much of the downtown. A 5.8 quake was followed by a 5.3 quake minutes later, and a 6.0 quake an hour after that, along with many... More »

Quakes Rattle Christchurch

5.2, 6.0 shakers rock city already destroyed by massive quake

(Newser) - Two new serious earthquakes rattled tremblor-weary Christchurch today, sending boulders plunging down hillsides and injuring residents. The 5.2 and a 6.0 quakes struck just 20 minutes apart around lunch time, sending panicked New Zealanders into the streets. Two men were rescued from rubble that collapsed on top of... More »

New Zealand Quake Has Sober Message for California

Even modern safety codes can't stand up to a powerful tremor

(Newser) - Look out, California. Some of the buildings brought down by this week's earthquake in New Zealand were relatively modern, reinforcing the notion that a big quake with the right characteristics can wreak havoc even where safety codes are up to snuff, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We still have... More »

New Zealand Losing Hope for 223 Still Missing

Nearly 100 already dead in Christchurch earthquake

(Newser) - The devastating earthquake that hit New Zealand has already claimed 98 lives, but as rescuers comb through ruins in Christchurch, officials fear there may be no hope for the 223 still missing. The wreckage of the Canterbury TV building, under which 120 people were trapped, and Christchurch cathedral is thought... More »

NZ Rescuers Refusing to Give Up Hope

Search for quake survivors joined by teams from around the world

(Newser) - Hopes are fading for the hundreds of people still missing after Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Christchurch but rescue teams are continuing to comb the ruins. Exhausted New Zealand rescuers have been joined by hundreds of specialists sent by countries around the world, including the US and Japan, the BBC reports.... More »

New Zealand Woman Pulled From Rubble 24 Hours Later

One of 30 people rescued from Christchurch office building

(Newser) - After being trapped for 24 hours, a woman was pulled from the rubble of the Pyne Gould Corp. building in Christchurch today, a rare bright spot on a dark day in New Zealand. Ann Bodkin had taken cover under her desk during yesterday’s 6.3-magnitude earthquake, and “the... More »

65 Confirmed Dead in NZ Quake

PM: 'We may be witnessing New Zealand's darkest day'

(Newser) - The devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch today killed at least 65 people and the death toll is expected to rise, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key warns. The 6.3-magnitude quake struck just before 1pm local time, causing widespread destruction. Many people are still trapped in buildings and a state... More »

New Zealand Reeling From 6.3-Magnitude Earthquake

Hit Christchurch at 1pm local time Tuesday

(Newser) - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch just before 1pm local time Tuesday, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris, and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of multiple deaths. Police said they were trying to confirm the early reports of multiple fatalities, including... More »

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