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Earthquake hits New Zealand again


NEW ZEALAND (WKOW) -- New Zealand is dealing with yet another devastating earthquake. Prime Minister John Key says there are "scenes of utter devastation" in the city of Christchurch.

At least 65 people have been killed and others are trapped in collapsed buildings. The quake, which measured 6.3, struck at the height of a busy workday, toppling tall buildings and churches, and crushing buses.

This was the second major quake to hit Christchurch in five months. September's tremor was more powerful, but caused less damage and no deaths. It also struck before dawn on a weekend.

The spire of the city's well-known stone cathedral toppled into a central square. Video footage showed multistory buildings collapsing in on themselves.

Groups of people helped victims clutching bleeding wounds. Others were carried to private vehicles in makeshift stretchers fashioned from rugs or bits of debris.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declared a state of emergency, and ordered people to evacuate the city center. Troops have been deployed to help people get out and to throw up a security cordon around the stricken area.

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