23 February, 2011

New Zealand has declared a national state of emergency.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has declared a national state of emergency as the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch rose to 75.Police have said there is "incredible carnage right throughout the city", with "bodies littering the streets".More than 300 people are still missing. Forty-eight were pulled out from collapsed buildings alive overnight.

It was Christchurch's second major tremor in five months, and New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster in 80 years.The ministry of civil defence said 22 people alone were missing in Christchurch Cathedral, which lost its spire and a section of roof.apparently the rescue is underway and the death toll might be higher officials said.(BBC)

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