Christchurch, New Zealand Hit with 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake

Office workers trapped under their collapsed buildings sent messages to the outside as rescuers with dogs scrambled to save them and dozens of others following a powerful earthquake that killed at least 65 in one of New Zealand’s largest cities.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, about 5:50 p.m. CT according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck just before 12:50 p.m. local time Tuesday in New Zealand (6:50 p.m. Monday ET).

Multiple buildings are reported collapsed in the city of Christchurch.

The airport is shut down.

USGS Magnitude 6.3 South Island of New Zealand …

NEAR Christchurch, New Zealand
225 km (140 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
305 km (190 miles) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
310 km (190 miles) NE of Dunedin, New Zealand

43.600°S, 172.710°E

The epicenter is very close to a company that makes organic baby food, known as the Green Monkey. The epicenter is south of the city of Christchurch.

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