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New Zealand declares national state of emergency

2011-02-24 03:06:19 GMT2011-02-24 11:06:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescuers walk in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 23, 2011.(Xinhua/Huang Xingwei)

Police and soldiers set up roadblock in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 23, 2011.(Xinhua/Huang Xingwei)

A destroyed building is seen in the earthquake devastated aera of downtown Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 23, 2011.(Xinhua/Huang Xingwei)

Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Xu Jianguo (L) shakes hands with Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker (R) in Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 23, 2011.(Xinhua/Huang Xingwei)

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency in the wake of a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that jolted the South Island city of Christchurch on Tuesday.

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