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New Zealand Earthquake

February 24, 2011

A few articles on the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

From CNN: Death toll rises from Christchurch quake as searches continue

The death toll from the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch earlier this week rose Thursday, with at least 98 confirmed deaths and 226 reported missing, police said.

Police Superintendent Dave Cliff told reporters that he had “grave fears” for the missing and authorities were having difficulty identifying victims because of the condition the bodies they were found.

The somber announcement came as authorities continued more house-to-house searches in a desperate hunt for survivors.

The quake struck Tuesday, toppling buildings, buckling streets and ripping the facades of iconic churches, including the Christchurch Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament..

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Southern New Zealand has been hit by a series of quakes since September 4 when a 7.1-magnitude temblor struck the area. There were no deaths from that quake, which struck deeper below ground and farther away from Christchurch.

Tuesday’s earthquake was part of the “aftershock sequence” from the September earthquake, the United States Geological Survey said.

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And another Basic News story from Yahoo News -Associated Press:  NZ earthquake toll at 98 dead, 226 missing

By STEVE McMORRAN and KRISTEN GELINEAU

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The water system for Christchurch and surrounding areas was in disarray.

Parker said water was still out for half of the city and that it might be contaminated for the other half, so all residents should boil it before using it to drink, wash or cook because of the risk of disease.

Fourteen water tankers have been dispatched around the city for people to fill buckets or other containers, and residents were urged not to flush toilets or use showers.

Power was restored to 75 percent of the city, but it could take weeks to repair supplies to the rest, said Roger Sutton, CEO of supplier Orion.

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Next Article from Yahoo News:    Massive iceberg shears off after N. Zealand quake

A 30 million tonne block of ice sheared off a New Zealand glacier just minutes after a violent earthquake devastated the city of Christchurch, officials said Wednesday.

The huge iceberg crashed into a lake shortly after the 6.3 magnitude tremor rocked the South Island on Tuesday and created waves up to three metres high for 30 minutes which rocked two sightseeing boats on the lake at the time.

The enormous iceberg — estimated to weigh 30 to 40 million tonnes — began ripping off the Tasman Glacier at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park accompanied by a loud noise which sounded like a rifle shot, a local tourism official said.

Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village tourism manager Denis Callesen said locals had been expecting a major iceberg to drop from the glacier for the past month, but the “curve ball” was that the event was caused by an earthquake.

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Pictures from The Daily Telegraph

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