| Dozens of people are dead and scores more are injured or missing after a powerful earthquake today destroyed Christchurch buildings and left entire suburbs "unliveable".|
But Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said "at least dozens of people" were dead after a shallow 6.3 earthquake hit 10km southeast of the city just before 1pm. that quake has been followed by constant aftershocks, some as powerful as magnitude 5.
Hospitals around the South Island were being cleared to take the hundreds of casualties expected.
The suburbs of Lyttleton and new Brighton are reportedly "unliveable".
Witnesses said screams could be heard coming from the Pyne Gould Business building where dozens of people were feared trapped.
A number of people were also trapped in the iconic Press building in Cathedral Square. Some had managed to free themselves.
People died when buses were crushed under falling building facades radion NZ reported
Pretty shocking when something this big happens in your own little country