On Tuesday, February 22, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake caused widespread damage as the epicenter was only around 3 miles (5 kilometers) below the earth's surface.
The remains of a house in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday, February 23, a day after the earthquake struck. The fatal 6.3-magnitude quake that damaged much of Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island, was actually an aftershock of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the same area in September.
Time Ball Tower in Lyttelton, New Zealand, shows earthquake damage on Wednesday.
Debris litters the streets of Christchurch on Wednesday. Christchurch is New Zealand's second biggest city and is on the eastern side of the South Island.
A rail line buckled as the ground shifted on Tuesday. The initial quake, which struck in the early afternoon, was followed by a series of aftershocks, the New Zealand Ministry of Defense said.
Rescuers work to get to trapped workers in the Pyne Gould building in Christchurch on Wednesday.
A paramedic tends to a woman, believed to be Ann Bodkin, as she is lifted clear of the wreckage of the Pyne Gould building on Wednesday, a day after the deadly earthquake.
A landslide caused by the earthquake crushed buildings in Sumner, New Zealand.
The remains of buildings in Christchurch are seen from above on Wednesday. It is unclear how many people are trapped in buildings that toppled in the quake.