Christchurch earthquake survivors
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New Zealand earthquake eye-witnesses describe tremor

People who witnessed the earthquake that struck Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island have related their experiences.

The 6.3-magnitude 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.

  • 22 Feb 2011