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New Zealand earthquake death toll 65: PM

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Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Feb 22, 2011
At least 65 people died in the earthquake that hit New Zealand's second city Christchurch on Tuesday and the death toll may rise, Prime Minister John Key said.

"The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it's an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about," Key told TVNZ.

"It's a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury."




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Wellington (AFP) Feb 22, 2011
Rescuers dug frantically for bodies and people trapped after a major 6.3 earthquake caused "multiple" deaths in New Zealand's second city of Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles. Thousands of panicked and tearful residents thronged the city's streets after the quake struck at lunchtime, just six months after a 7.0-magnitude tremor shattered buildings but did not claim any li ... read more

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