New Zealand Quake Kills 65

At least 65 people were killed Tuesday when a powerful earthquake struck the city of Christchurch in New Zealand.

The 6.3-magnitude tremor struck around lunchtime when the city center was filled with shoppers. The strength of the quake also caused buildings to collapse, trapping many in the rubble. The quake, the most devastating to hit the country in years, came just six months since a 7.0 tremor struck the city in September. Seismologists said the latest quake caused more damage than the one in September as Tuesday’s tremor struck near the city’s center and was closer to the surface.

Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker both said that the death toll could rise. “The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it’s an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,” Key said. Parker, on the other hand, said that everyone should prepare “for a death toll that will be significant.”

VIDEO: Earthquake hits Christchurch