New Zealand PM renews pledge to rebuild Christchurch after day of tremors (2)

15:25, June 13, 2011      

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The quakes were a "setback" that caused further damage to the central business district and the eastern suburbs, cutting electricity and water supplies and damaging sewer systems.

"It does not lessen our resolve to rebuild. People of Christchurch should know that all New Zealanders are thinking of them and will continue to support and standby them at this very difficult time," Key said.

"For the people of Christchurch I am sure they just want this to end," he said.

"I am sure they are over all of this and they want a sense of normality to return and I think we can all feel their frustration. But they've got to know that we stand beside them, that we are totally committed to rebuilding the city and I am sure these aftershocks will eventually settle down and normality will return. It's a very frustrating time for the people of Christchurch."

Schooling would again be disrupted and households have to pick up the pieces and dig liquefaction from their homes and yards, he said, according the report.

"That saps away the confidence of the people of Christchurch."

Key said the quakes were likely to be treated as new events for insurance purposes and he had been assured that the state-run Earthquake Commission, which pays compensation for earthquake damage, had already obtained sufficient reinsurance. The government had also provisioned enough in the budget, he said.

Key said that on the Mercalli scale, which measures the intensity of earthquakes, the 6 magnitude quake recorded eight out of 12 while the Feb. 22 quake was nine out of 12.

"It's a very violent shock."

The tremors Monday disrupted an inquest into the deaths of 116 people killed in the CTV building during the Feb. 22 earthquake.

The coroner's inquest had just broken for lunch when a 5.5- magnitude shock truck at 1 p.m., and family members and media were evacuated from the venue.

The inquest had been hearing how 12 people inside The Clinic medical practice in the CTV building died.

At least 10 people were reported injured Monday, but no fatalities were reported.
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Source: Xinhua
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