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7.0 Quake Rocks New Zealand

Major structural damage, but few injuries so far
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2010 12:13 PM CDT
Updated Sep 3, 2010 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – New Zealand was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake this morning (4:35am Saturday in New Zealand), according to the US Geological Survey. Despite the size, no deaths have been reported so far and only two serious injuries. Officials in Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city, report major damage to roads, bridges, and water and sewer systems, MSNBC reports. About 1,000 people in a nearby suburb were ordered to be ready evacuate because of flooding dangers.
(Read more earthquake stories.)

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