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Last Updated: Tuesday February 22 2011 17:42 GMT

New Zealand earthquake: search is on for survivors

Earthquake hits New Zealand

Rescue efforts continue in New Zealand after a powerful earthquake killed at least 65 people and left over 100 more feared trapped under rubble.

Buildings crumbled, water pipes burst and phone and power lines fell as the quake shook the city of Christchurch during lunchtime on Tuesday.

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said emergency services were working as fast as possible to rescue survivors.

The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, said there was "a lot of devastation".

A state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch, which is New Zealand's second-largest city, so that more help can be sent to the area.

The damage from the earthquake is said to be far worse than when a more powerful one struck Christchurch in September last year, seriously injuring two people.