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New Zealand city devastated by quake

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 1:04 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: New Zealand, earthquake, Christchurch, State Department, U.S. rescue team, search and rescue, WBRZ

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - At least 100 people are reported missing in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where officials have already confirmed 65 deaths from a powerful
earthquake.

Military units are patrolling the nearly empty streets, which are marked by huge cracks and canyons from the quake.

Medical workers are bringing the injured to a triage center set up in a park.

The quake brought down tall buildings and churches.

It even shook a massive chunk of ice from New Zealand's biggest glacier.

This was the second major quake to hit Christchurch in five months.

September's tremor was more powerful, but caused less damage and no deaths.

It also struck before dawn on a weekend.

The State Department says a U.S. rescue team is on its way to New Zealand to help with search and rescue.

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