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'Significant' blow for Christchurch
Bob Parker, mayor of New Zealand's second-largest city, says some essential services are down after 7.1 magnitude quake.
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2010 02:14 GMT

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's second largest city after a powerful earthquake rocked the south island.

There are no reports of any deaths, but Bob Parker, the mayor of Christchurch, says there is widespread damage, as well as power cuts.

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