24/02/2011

Two Britons Killed In Christchurch Quake

The Foreign Office has confirmed that two Britons died in the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand's second city.

The UK nationals are among 98 other victims whose bodies were recovered. They were taken to a temporary mortuary in the city.

Around 226 people are still missing.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck at lunchtime on Tuesday, when the South Island city was at its busiest. It is believed to have killed around 65 people almost immediately.

A British backpacker said the area "looked like a bomb had hit it".

Last September the city was hit by a 7.1-magnitude quake, which left two people seriously injured.

The quake caused an estimated $3bn in damage.

(BMcN/GK)

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