Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » International

New Zealand city shaken by earthquake, 65 killed

Tuesday February 22, 2011 02:37:33 PM, IANS

Christchurch (New Zealand): At least 65 people were killed, buildings were flattened, falling debris crushed vehicles and panic-stricken people shrieked in fear as an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude caused the earth to heave in this New Zealand city.

Prime Minister John Key said the toll stands at 65 and is likely to rise. Key, who flew down to Christchurch in South Island, told One News it was likely the earthquake could be the country's "darkest day".

Residents of Christchurch, which is one of the biggest cities of New Zealand, have reported bodies lying on the streets.

TV images showed several collapsed buildings in the centre of Christchurch. A state of emergency has been declared at the city.

"We've had friends in town call us and say there are just bodies lying around; lots of dead bodies outside shops just lying there just covered in bricks.

"When it hit we were knocked to our feet. Everything in the house fell down, nothing was left still standing. There's more damage than the first earthquake, the roads are completely torn up; sewage coming up and flooding. It's crazy," New Zealand Herald quoted Christchurch resident Jaydn Katene as saying.

"The elderly are all crying. The next-door neighbours around us were all bawling their eyes out, it was horrible.

"We've seen cars halfway sunken into the road. We've heard there's a bus which is sunken halfway into the road just around the corner.

"Buildings are half-collapsed everywhere...It's pretty shocking; a total warzone," Katene said.

The earthquake struck at 12.51 p.m., causing extensive damage to this city in the South Island.

Christchurch resident Jane Smith told the Herald that a colleague had helped with rescue efforts after a building facade collapsed on a bus.

"There's people dead. He was pulling them out of a bus. Colombo St is completely munted," she was quoted as saying.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker told Radio New Zealand: "The centre of the earthquake was in Lyttelton Harbour. There are hills covered in rocks, those rocks would have come down."

He said there was immense damage to the city centre and people were trapped in buildings.

"Everybody needs to understand that this is going to be a day of very black news," he said.

DPA adds: Police said emergency services were battling a number of fires and trying to rescue many people trapped in collapsed buildings.

Members of the public have posted videos of destruction, including buildings and cars being crushed in rock slides in suburbs including Sumner and Lyytleton.

Aftershocks were still being felt as buildings were evacuated and people fled the central city area.

Officials asked people to stay off roads as emergency services and the military struggled to get to areas where people could be trapped.

Witnesses said the ground lifted up to one metre in places.

The New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said the epicentre was near Christchurch, at a depth of five km.

The quake, which struck at 12.51 p.m., would have caused more damage than a previous 7.1 earthquake Sep 4 because of its shallow depth, the institute said.

The September quake, with an epicentre 30 km west of the city at a depth of 33 km, struck in the early morning when the city was largely empty. As a result there were no fatalities last year.

Tuesday's quake brought down power lines, ruptured pipes and forced the closure and evacuation of many buildings including the airport and university, and disrupted phone communications.

 

 

 

 

 

  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

More Headlines

Godhra train carnage: 31 convicted, 63 acquitted

Scores killed as bloody crackdown on anti-Gaddafi protesters continue

India, Austria identify Mannanam for setting up next village museum

World Cup: Watson, Johnson set up easy Australian victory

Global design competition for Nalanda university

Sir Syed lecture series at Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai

Eligible NRIs can apply to be registered as voters in India

Arab unrest: 24-hour helpline for Indians

Uttar Pradesh school 'changes' national anthem

Government will universalise secondary education: Patil

 

 

 

Top Stories

Arab world simmers; Gaddafi's son warns of rivers of blood

Anti-government protests intensified Monday in Libya as Muammar Gaddafi's son warned of "rivers of blood" and two Libyan diplomats, including its envoy to India, quit to    »

A second Arab revolution - for a new social order

Iran witnesses new wave of protests: Reports

 

Picture of the Day

Performers participate in the World Cup Cricket opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on February 17, 2011.

(Photo:  AFP/Munir Uz Zaman )

 

  Most Read

Common platform to discuss issues turned into a platform to woo Muslims

When it declared to organise the day-long seminar February 20, ETV Network promised to provide a common platform to discuss the challenges  »

Government will universalise secondary education: Patil

President Pratibha Patil Monday said that after Right to Education for primary education, the government is committed to universalising secondary education. "My government is committed to   »

Tackling corruption, ushering reforms top priorities: President

 

  News Pick

Telangana students try to storm assembly, protests rock Hyderabad

A group of pro-Telangana students Monday tried to barge into Andhra Pradesh assembly complex despite massive security cover while violent protests rocked the state capital   »

Kasab to hang: Bombay High Court

Bombay High Court Monday upheld the death sentence of Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted for the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, police said. A division bench comprising Justice Ranjana Desai    »

Eligible NRIs can apply to be registered as voters in India

Non-resident Indians (NRIs), desirous of voting in Indian elections, can apply to be registered as voters at their place of residence in the country if they are otherwise    »

Law giving voting rights to NRIs comes into force

Urdu medium teachers climb water tank to press for demands

In a protest inspired by a Bollywood film, half a dozen qualified Urdu teachers, including three women, climbed atop a water tank just across the Uttar Pradesh assembly complex here and threatened to jump off if their demands   »

Uttar Pradesh school 'changes' national anthem

A private school in this Uttar Pradesh district has "altered" the national anthem, replacing several words, and made its students sing it, as the management feels certain words in the anthem do not have any "significance  »

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

 

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

       

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.