New Zealand Latest Earthquake Causes Destruction and Death

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch , New Zealand Tuesday afternoon around  1:00p.m (7:00 p.m. Monday ET) toppling buildings and leaving many people trapped or dead. 

At least 75 people have been reported dead,  55 of which has been identified. But Prime Minister John Key said on Wednesday that hundreds more are missing. Among the missing are 10 Japanese students of King's Education College. Rescue teams in Christchurch are still searching for more survivors.

PPG building and CTV building, two downtown buildings suffered major collapse and has large numbers of trapped, missing or dead people.  

The 6.3 magnitude quake that struck Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island was actually an aftershock of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the same area in September last year. This aftershock is so large that it is likely to have an aftershock of its own said Dr. Bill Fry of GNS Science. They calculated that there was only a 35% chance of a 5.0 magnitude aftershock hitting the region in the near future, but only a 4% chance of a 6.0 or above aftershock.

UPDATE (Sunday): Death toll from the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has climbed to 147 and more is expected. More than Seventy people have been rescued alive but more than 200 people still missing and are feared dead. 

Dramatic footage in Christchurch after the earthquake:


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