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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck close to New Zealand's second-largest city, wreaking havoc on older buildings and roads, damaging water pipes and power lines, and leading to an airport shutdown.

Damaged Building

Sept. 4, 2010: People stand outside a building damaged by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand. A powerful earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early Saturday. No tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of injuries, but looters broke into some damaged shops in Christchurch, police said.

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Quake Damage

Sept. 4: A car lies under fallen rubble in Christchurch, New Zealand after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island.

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Earthquake Aftermath

Sept. 4: A car passes through fallen rubble in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early.

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Children Huddle Outside

Sept. 4, 2010: In this image from video children huddle outside on a sidewalk in Christchurch, New Zealand after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island.

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Rubble in the Streets

Sept. 4, 2010: In this image from video a car passes through fallen rubble in Christchurch, New Zealand after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island.

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Fallen Rubble

Sept. 4, 2010: In this image from video a car lies under fallen rubble in Christchurch, New Zealand after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island.

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Assessing the Damage

Sept. 4: Building owners Dean Marshall, left, and Shaun Stockman are seen outside their building damaged in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Car Flattened in Quake

Sept. 4: A car damaged by rubble from a building is seen following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Building Damaged in Quake

Sept. 4: People walk past damaged stores on Colombo Street in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Rubble in the Streets

Sept. 4: A police officer is seen on a street blocked by rubble from a damaged building following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck close to New Zealand's second-largest city, wreaking havoc on older buildings and roads, damaging water pipes and power lines, and leading to an airport shutdown.

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