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6.3 quake rocks New Zealand city; fatalities reported

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Debris from collapsed buildings crushed cars and littered the streets after an earthquake in Christchurch on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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A four-story building lies in ruin in central Christchurch on Tuesday.

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Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building on Manchester Street on Tuesday.

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A woman is rescued from inside a building after Tuesday's earthquake.

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People are evacuated from a damaged building after an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday, Feb. 22. A strong quake hit New Zealand's second-biggest city of Christchurch on Tuesday for the second time in five months, toppling buildings, causing fatalities and trapping people beneath rubble.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake Tuesday rocked the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, collapsing buildings, cracking streets and causing multiple fatalities and serious injuries.

Live video footage showed streets strewn with bricks and shattered concrete. Sidewalks and roads were cracked and split, and hundreds of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered as sirens blared throughout the city. Water mains had burst, causing extensive flooding.

The epicenter Tuesday was located in the "worst possible location" for city residents, New Zealand's GeoNet Center data manager Kevin Fenaughty told the New Zealand Herald. Continue reading...