Authorities said, on Tuesday afternoon, a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, causing multiple fatalities as ripped buildings onto buses, buckled streets and damaged cathedrals,
The quake struck shortly before 1 p.m Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET). It was followed by a series of aftershocks including a 5.6-magnitude aftershock about 15 minutes later. The United States Geological Survey recorded a second 5.5-magnitude aftershock shortly before 3 p.m. local time.
The quake toppled the 147-year-old Christchurch Cathedral spire, demaged facades from buildings and forced survivors running to a nearby park to run away from the falling buildings and debris. It also forced the closing of the city’s airport
Without any information how many people might still under the wreckage, officials refused to give any estimate about the number of people either killed or left injured by the earthquake