This afternoon, Christchurch, New Zealand was hit with an enormous earthquake that measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. According to the New Zealand police, who released limited statements to the media, emergency services have been called all over the city since the quake happened. The police reported that buildings fell, buses and cars were crushed, and that people are trapped in buildings. The most recent death toll has climbed to 75.

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, spoke about the terrible natural disaster that hit his nation couple hours ago, saying “It is a very populated time with people at work, children at school. Sadly I cannot rule out whether there have been fatalities or not, but we are aware of significant damage to buildings that had people in them at the time.”

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand in September 2010.

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