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Christchurch mayor injured by New Zealand earthquake

The Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker described how he was injured during a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake on New Zealand's South Island.

Mr Parker said his experience was "nothing compared to the issue that so many people are facing".

The tremor, which hit at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday) only 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city at a depth of 5km (3.1 miles), caused widespread destruction.

The fire service said numerous people were trapped in buildings, and a state of emergency has been declared.