Christchurch, New Zealand rocked by a 6.8 temblor an aftershock of 2010 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon killing 75 and injuring scores of others. The temblor struck at 12:51 New Zealand Time. The Telegraph:
At least bvn 75 were killed, according to John Key, the prime minister.
Bob Parker, the mayor of Christchurch, added that more than 100 are believed to be trapped in buildings.
The Queen, who is also New Zealand’s head of state, expressed her sadness at the 6.3 magnitude quake, saying she was “utterly shocked” by the news.
“Please convey my deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who have been killed; my thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this dreadful event,” she said.
“My thoughts are also with the emergency services and everyone who is assisting in the rescue efforts.”
The Prime Minister put the Auckland and portion South Island has been declared state of Emergency:
A state of emergency was declared following the quake, which struck at 12.51pm on Tuesday local time (2351GMT Monday), when office blocks and shopping centres in the city centre were bustling with people.
Rescue workers scrambled to free scores of people trapped in buildings, some crews arriving by helicopter because streets were blocked by rubble and jammed traffic.
Officials fear the death toll could double amid reports that more than 200 were trapped in collapsed buildings and wreckage of homes. Bodies were seen lying in the streets, untended until emergency services were able to reach them.
A special “person finder” established by Google, the search engine giant, said it was currently tracking more than 3,600 “records”.