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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – One of New Zealand’s biggest cities lay in ruins Tuesday after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country’s worst natural disaster in decades.
The quake even shook a massive chunk of ice from New Zealand’s biggest glacier, some 120 miles to the east of Christchurch, where most of the damage was reported.
More than 100 people, including as many as a dozen visiting Japanese students, were thought to be trapped in the rubble as darkness — and drizzling rain — fell Tuesday night. Rescue crews with sniffer dogs fanned out across the city in search of survivors, some of whom were able to send text messages or make phone calls from under the wreckage.
It was the second major quake to hit Christchurch, a city of 350,000, in five months, though Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude temblor caused far more destruction than a stronger September quake that struck before dawn on a weekend.
“It is just a scene of utter devastation,” Prime Minister John Key said after rushing to the city within hours of the quake. He said the death toll was 65, and may rise. “We may well be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”
The spire of the city’s well-known stone cathedral toppled into a central square, while multistory buildings collapsed in on themselves and streets were strewn with bricks and shattered concrete.
Sidewalks and roads were cracked and split, while thousands of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens and car alarms blared. Ambulance services were quickly overwhelmed, and some victims clutching bleedings wounds were carried to private vehicles in makeshift stretchers fashioned from rugs or bits of debris.
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Sending love, strength and positive thoughts to our bees in New Zealand, their families, and friends. What a horrible tragedy.
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Love and prayers for NZ :(.
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Thanks for posting this. I’ve been sick about it and am sending lots of thoughts and prayers to everyone!
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Wow, how terrible! Anyone know where Mrs. Earrings is from? Hopefully her and her family are safe!!!!
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@CorgiTales: Her bio says Nelson,NZ…not sure where it is.
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I just Google mapped it and they are like 416 km apart, so she is likely fine. Still sad for everyone in Christchurch though.
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According to the BeeMap we dont have anyone pegged right in Christchurch. Nelson (where Mrs. Earrings is) looks close but not right in the epicenter
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God it just sounds like chaos. My thoughts go to all of those in New Zealand. So terrible.
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My thougths and prayers are going to the NZ Bees and everyone in Christchurch.
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Keeping the NZ people in my thoughts.
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Lots of love and prayers to the people of NZ!
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I’m praying for everyone’s immediate safety, and for the strength to endure the long process of rebuilding…
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It’s so kind for you all to think and pray for New Zealand bees… our country is very small and last night I think that most of us had people that we hadn’t heard from. SO and I heard from our last friend this morning so we are very relieved. My cousin B is a former ICU nurse and has been called back in to her previous job to provide assistance and my cousin S also works in logistics at ChCh hospital and has been called in (also with his gf) to manage patient flow in one of the triage centres.
SO and I have been to ChCh on holiday twice and it is a beautiful city – to see it in utter devastation is just heartbreaking. My sister has not heard from many of her friends from university down there… continue to pray for us bees!
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I also wanted to send some love to New Zealand. Keeping them in my thoughts and prayers!