At 12.51pm today, a shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit Christchurch, New Zealand. 65 people have been confirmed dead and an "unknown number" remain trapped inside collapsed buildings.
Almost 6 months ago, on September 4 2010, Christchurch was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, thankfully while people slept at 4.35am. Many buildings and homes were damaged but miraculously, there were no fatalities. Christchurch has suffered many aftershocks since then, some strong. Christchurch residents have carried on, rebuilding their lives, and now the horror of today's quake. I can't imagine. I am so sorry.
Prime Minister John Key has stated that today "may well be New Zealand's darkest day".
Many people remain trapped tonight. Please, stay safe. Be safe. Please.
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