Photos: Earthquake hits New Zealand

February 23, 2011 -- Updated 12:48 p.m. EST
 

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.


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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.


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Time Ball Tower in Lyttelton, New Zealand, shows earthquake damage on Wednesday.


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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.


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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.


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Rescuers work to get to trapped workers in the Pyne Gould building in Christchurch on Wednesday.


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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.


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A landslide caused by the earthquake crushed buildings in Sumner, New Zealand.


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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.