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Devastating Earthquake Hits New Zealand

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So very, very sad.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has hit Christchurch, New Zealand, as an aftershock from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sep. 4.

Initial reports suggest that damage and fatalities "far exceed the initial quake."

According to Prime Minister John Key, at least 65 people have died, and that number is likely to go up.

Our thoughts go out to the people of New Zealand during this difficult time!

Please CLICK HERE if you'd like to donate to the Red Cross of New Zealand.

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16 comments to “Devastating Earthquake Hits New Zealand”

  1. 1

    1st. i am from New Zealand and this is affecting people like no other disaster! i wish nothing but the best for everyone in that area

  2. 2

    My best friend and her husband and two very young children just moved there for school TWO weeks ago. My heart is in my stomach. I feel helpless over here. Prayers for everyone over there!

  3. 3

    Though I'm from the North Island (NZ), it's humbling to see the rest of the world supporting Christchurch and NZ. Thank you for your thoughts. There has been some good news, people pulled from the rubble alive and well, positive to hear after such a horrible day

  4. 4

    Thanks Perez. I'm a Kiwi formerly from Christchurch living in Australia and this has ripped everyone's heart out. Awesome that you linked to the Red Cross too. x

  5. 5

    I am from Dunedin NZ. I felt it down here. The number is currently around 300 and they are having to amputate limbs to be able to rescue people .. amputate with no anaesthetic… So horrible

  6. 6

    It's not an aftershock, it's a brand new earthquake, it came from the complete opposite direction. I live in Christchurch and was at a cafe by myself opposite the Westfield mall here. As soon as it started, everyone ran outside and seeing people racing out of the mall screaming was horrifying. What's worse is that my mum works in town on the 5th floor of a building and I didn't know if she was still alive(she is, her building has a huge crack in it though). It was going to be my first day at university yesterday too, but that's closed until further notice AND they had just finished renovating the library from September. We're still without water but we have power and we're managing to work through it. I can't believe how many people have died and how many people are still trapped inside the rubble of collapsed buildings. It's truly our darkest time.

  7. 7

    Thanks for the kind thoughts Perez, it was the scariest thing of my entire life, it's just horrible when you feel helpless and can't help save people or anything, but we will do the best that we can.

  8. 8

    So awful and terrifying! The people of Christchurch are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. 9

    I knew when I logged onto perezhilton.com today that he would have made a post about this devastating earthquake. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, have never even set foot in the South Island and when I turned the TV on yesterday and saw there had been a second quake in ChCh I couldnt help but cry because it is so much different when you see it happening to your own country. Its mind boggling because we are so used to watching things like this on the news happening to other places around the world. My grandfather lives in ChCh and have not made contact with him, its heartwarming when you hear about the support other countries are sending. To think my father was in the first quake down there for work it so easily could have been a situation like this recent one I thank God he was not down there yesterday. Thanks perez for the post!!!!!

  10. 10

    Everything's in ruin. I live in Christchurch and my sister, brother in law and niece live in lyttleton where it struck. They have no power, no water, can't flush the toilet and now no cellphones as they have no power to charge them. They are stuck over there and no one apart from helicopters to get in ( it's over the hill or through a tunnel which is damaged) and they have no way back to the city. Their chimney has fallen through the roof with a big open hole in the roof. It has been said every second building in Christchurch is damaged beyond repair. It looks like a 3rd world country. We have lost our city.

  11. 11

    Thank you Perez for your kind words and for encouraging people to donate. Yesterday was a very dark day for all of us here in NZ. Our love and thoughts are with those affected and we keep strong with hope that more survivors will be rescued today. Thank you again Perez. Kia kaha

  12. 12

    This is so devastating. I moved from Christchurch to Auckland alone 6 months ago and all my family/relatives and friends live in Christchurch. It's so scary not knowing whether they are safe or not :(

  13. 13

    apparently the deaths might be over 400…

  14. 14

    Thanks for posting this Perez! I am from NZ. Christchurch is devastated and needs all the help they can get.

  15. 15

    Thank you for posting this Perez! It's really great to see support coming in from other places in the world.

  16. 16

    Last i heard on the radio the death toll was 148 with 200 missing. I live in Christchurch and it is great to see the world getting behind us in our time of need.