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NZ Earthquake

A massive earthquake has hit Christchurch, NZ.  The epicenter was only five miles from the center of the city, and it hit at 1 pm on a Tuesday afternoon.  Many buildings have collapsed.  The roads are said to be impassible, due both to surface damage and to water main and sewer breaks.  Fire is a significant worry. 

http://www.smh.com.au/world/multiple-deaths-reported-after-quake-hits-christchurch-20110222-1b356.html

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kalleah
Feb. 22nd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
It's just awful. I'm reading, but I can't imagine.
np_complete
Feb. 22nd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
I know. But it seems to be being handled extremely well by the authorities -- none of that "let's just improvise a massive rescue effort!" approach we saw with Katrina.

Edited at 2011-02-22 11:08 pm (UTC)
kalleah
Feb. 23rd, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
That's true. The mayor of Christchurch seems to be particularly on top of things, even in the middle of a devastating crisis like this.
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