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US delegation reported safe after quake in New Zealand kills at least 65

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - All members of a U.S. delegation, including nine congressmen, are thought to be safe, but at least 65 people were killed when a powerful earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, today.
As night falls, rescue crews with sniffer dogs are searching for more than 100 people believed trapped in the rubble.
The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at midday, splitting sidewalks and toppling buildings.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says there are "scenes of utter devastation."
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.


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