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Canterbury earthquake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred near the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand, on 22 February 2011, causing significant damage and loss of life.

Information on the earthquake is available on the Canterbury Earthquake website, www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz, and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website, www.civildefence.govt.nz.

Statements from Prime Minister John Key and other ministers are available on the Beehive website, www.beehive.govt.nz.

Prime Minister John Key has launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and region, see www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz for details.

A list of New Zealand based banks and charities which have launched appeals can be found at www.civildefence.govt.nz.

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