New Zealand PM renews pledge to rebuild Christchurch after day of tremors

15:25, June 13, 2011      

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Monday renewed his pledge that the country's second city of Christchurch would be rebuilt after a series of major tremors rocked the city, injuring at least 10 people.

The government-run GeoNet recorded 11 tremors between 12:29 p.m. and 4:56 p.m., with the most violent being a magnitude 6 tremor at a depth of 9 km, centered about 10 km southeast of the city, at 2: 20 p.m..

The second worst was a magnitude 5.5 quake 11 km deep at 1 p.m., about 10 km east of the city.

The quakes came after the Feb. 22 quake, which killed 181 people and another in September last year that caused severe damage.

"It's another blow to the Christchurch residents who have already endured so much," Key said at a press conference.

"However today's events in no way weaken the government's long term commitment to rebuild Christchurch and surrounding areas."

Key said he had spoken to Mayor Bob Parker, who was considering whether to call a local emergency. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee would be flying from Wellington to Christchurch as soon as was possible, the National Business Review reported.

Key said the situation was "not considered serious enough" for a national state of emergency to be imposed.
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Source: Xinhua
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