A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.3 in Richter scale shook New Zealand's South Island and its largest city of Christchurch on Tuesday afternoon at 12:50 p.m. local time. The New Zealand Herald reported that the quake's epicenter was Lyttelton with a depth of 5 kilometers, though it was felt as far away as Wellington and Dunedin per Twitter reports. It shook the Canterbury region, which has a population of approximately 500,000. The death toll at the time of this writing is 65 but is expected to rise. The country’s television channel, TV3, has estimated the figure could reach between 200 and 300.
The pictures in this gallery show extensive damage.
Photos: Martin Hunter / Getty Images, Richard Cosgrove / Christchurch Press for Reuters, Mark Mitchell / AP,
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