At least two people were killed after a powerful earthquake struck New Zealand near the city of Christchurch early Sunday morning, Prime Minister John Key said during a news conference. The magnitude-7.8 earthquake sent strong jolts felt over 120 miles away in the capital, Wellington, and prompted emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves. The quake struck just after midnight in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch, according to the USGS. The full extent of the damage was still being assessed on Sunday and Key didn’t discount the possibility the death toll could rise. The quake appeared to be more strongly felt in Wellington, the capital, more than 120 miles to the north. Residents said the shaking went on for about three minutes, and was followed by a number of strong aftershocks.
My niece and her kiwi bf live in Christchurch. Both are well, thank goodness. But, we send our prayers to everyone affected by this earthquake..