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New Zealand - Ground lurches 11 feet
6 Sep 10 - At least 500 buildings have been designated as destroyed by the 7.1-magnitude quake that struck near the South Island city of 400,000 people.
The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, described the damage as immense, and a state of emergency has been declared.
During the night following the earthquake, 19 aftershocks were reported by the New Zealand GeoNet website.
The earthquake struck at 4:35 a.m. Saturday morning when most people were asleep.
The epicentre was 20km (13 miles) west of Christchurch, according to New Zealand's government-owned research organisation GNS Science.
Chimneys and walls had fallen from older buildings, with roads blocked, traffic lights out and power, gas and water supplies disrupted, Mr Parker said.
The local newspaper, The Press, said the quake was felt widely across the South Island, including Christchurch and the nearby port city of Timaru.
It is remarkable that no one died due to the earthquake, especially
considering that in some areas the surface lurched 11feet, ripping a new
Also, see a map of the numerous aftershocks from the earthquake as well.See also: Curfew imposed on Christchurch
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