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Old 02-22-2011, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Very tragic news indeed I hope that they are able to rescue everyone still trapped in buildings and have no more loss of life. Sending thoughts and prayers your way from Vancouver, Canada.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:22 AM
 
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Has Australia experienced any quake like this before? Do you think Australia could have such risks in the future?
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:31 AM
 
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Default Death toll at least 65

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"It is a 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. "This may be New Zealand's darkest day," he told TV One News.
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The USGS said the latest quake was part of the "aftershock sequence" following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 4 last year. That quake wrecked hundreds of buildings, inflicted an estimated 4 billion New Zealand dollars ($3 billion) in damage, but caused no deaths.

A strong aftershock in December caused further damage to buildings. The city, considered a tourist center, was still rebuilding from those quakes when Tuesday's temblor hit.
Quake in New Zealand Kills at Least 65 - ABC News
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:41 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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I'm not watching or listening to anymore of this on tv/radio......too depressing!
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:47 AM
 
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I know that feeling... I just turned on the TV. wow, so much damage.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Both of my parents ok but had a horrible 15 mins or so as wasn't sure what the story with my father was (my Mum sent a garbled text message). Turns out they are both ok but in shock. Significant damage to their property. My wife and I are supposed to be flying out there on Friday night - may have to change our flights as airport closed.

Horrible to hear there have been fatalities and also missing people.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I'm not watching or listening to anymore of this on tv/radio......too depressing!
I'm so sorry Dave, my heart goes out to your country in this terrible time.

I have been watching this story as I have a friend who lives in New Zealand however they are not near the fault line that causes the earthquakes in the area of Christchurch.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Has Australia experienced any quake like this before? Do you think Australia could have such risks in the future?
I only recently watched a program about a fault line that goes under Christchurch. What I saw didn't mention troubles in Austrailia. They said that the repeated earthquakes in Christchurch have actually made the land push up out of the water.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Tennessee
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My thoughts and prayers goes out to all of the victims of the earthquake in New Zealand.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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This happened at the worst time of day, lunchtime! I'm so sorry for everyone affected by this. Even though this quake wasn't as big, it occurred closer to the city and it was much more shallow, at only 3 miles deep (that's nothing geologically). We've been through something similar in 1994 (Northridge Earthquake); my heart goes out to all of you.
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