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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand
22 February
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Melbourne:  A strong earthquake has struck the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch today bringing down buildings, power and phone lines.

According to latest reports, buildings and houses have collapsed with fears there could be fatalities.

There have been reports of people feared to be reportedly missing, trapped inside buildings that have collapsed. Along the main streets of Christchurch entire buildings have collapsed onto the streets.

While the extent of damage is not yet known, the US Geological Survey has rated the event as of 6.3 magnitude.

It says the quake struck at a depth of 4km, 5km north-northwest of Christchurch.

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