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article imageDeath toll in Christchurch rises to 75 Special

By Sharon Davis     Feb 22, 2011 in World
Christchurch - The official death toll has risen to 75 following the 6.3 aftershock that rocked Christchurch at 12h50 on 22 February 2011.
The shallow aftershock which was centered near Christchurch's port of Lyttelton caused much more damage than the 7.1 earthquake that shook the city awake on the early hours of 4 September leaving rubble in the place of several historic buildings and sending dust, glass, bricks and rocks flying.
At least 75 deaths have been officially reported, and hundreds have been injured by falling masonry and glass. Several hundred people are feared trapped in the debris in the central city. Rescue attempts are underway but is expected to take days to complete according to the latest NZ Civil Defence update.
Power and water was cut to most areas as a result of the quake. Power was restored to about 50 percent of residents last night, but only 20 percent have running water.
The Knox Church in Victoria Street was damaged in the September earthquake last year and mostly fell...
The Knox Church in Victoria Street was damaged in the September earthquake last year and mostly fell to the ground with the 6.3 aftershock on 22 Feb
The city centre has been cordoned off and a state of emergency which is expected to be in place until the weekend has been declared.
Damage caused on 22 Feb in Christchurch
Damage caused on 22 Feb in Christchurch
Aftershocks of magnitudes of up to 4 and 5 continue to rock the city and a number of people are packing up and leaving town to escape the constant reminder of the big one.
The NZ Herald reports that about 300 people are still reported missing. The online report quotes Christchurch's mayor, Bob Parker as saying:
"With those 300 missing people could just be someone called up saying so and so is missing - they may have just left town."
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