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Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city

The earthquake struck 20km southeast of Christchurch at around 1pm local time

Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Collapsed buildings and debris are seen along Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake - an aftershock of the 7.1 magnitude quake on September 4 - struck 20km southeast of Christchurch at around 1pm local time (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Collapsed buildings and debris are seen along Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Initial reports suggesting damage and fatalities far exceeding the initial quake (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
ars covered in building debris on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
People searching for loved ones on Manchester Street on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Bus covered in building debris on February 23, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
A man runs for cover on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
A smashed car is seen in a car parking building on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Crushed cars are seen in a car parking building on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22 (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22 (Getty Images)
Christchurch described as 'war zone' after 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks city
Rescue workers search for survivors through debris on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand