At least 65 deaths are being reported after a powerful earthquake struck the New Zealand city, Christchurch. Buildings have collapsed, prompting fears that residents and office workers could be trapped in the rubble.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch at lunchtime Tuesday, when one of New Zealand's key cities was at its busiest.
The police think that many lives have been lost, including passengers aboard two buses crushed by falling debris.
Television reports show wounded people being helped by rescuers along damaged streets. Emergency workers and volunteers carried others from buildings, on makeshift stretchers, as panic spread.