The moment a huge earthquake struck near the city of Christchurch in New Zealand was caught on camera. Buildings were toppled and roads damaged in the quake which measured 6.3.
Reports say people have been buried beneath the collapsed structures causing fears there may be many deaths. Some of the injured have been pulled from the rubble and rushed to hospitals.
Last September a previous quake hit near the country’s second biggest city but no one died then as its epicentre was deep below ground.
This tremor hit during lunchtime when streets were busy and shops and offices were filled with people. Local flooding is hampering rescue efforts and part of the city’s stone cathedral has been reduced to a pile of rocks.