No Filipinos hurt in New Zealand quake

MANILA—No Filipinos were reported injured after New Zealand’s second largest city was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 65 people Tuesday, officials said.

Philippine Honorary Consul Zedric Peter Wait said the Philippine Embassy in Wellington has been in constant communication with the Filipino community in Christchurch after the city was hit by the massive tremor.

The inland quake struck 10 kilometers southwest of Christchurch at a shallow depth of five kilometers, toppling buildings and leaving scores trapped beneath the rubble.

“Power is down and telephone lines are sporadic,” said Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Eduardo Malaya.

Christchurch is home to about 2,000 Filipinos.

In September, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the city causing widespread damage but only minor injuries.

New Zealand, located between the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates, has an average of more than 14,000 tremors a year, of which about 20 would normally top magnitude 5.0.

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