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Scenes from New Zealand Earthquake 2011

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Scenes From The Earthquake

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's second largest city last week killed at least 148 people and forced hundreds to evacuate to hillside suburbs for fear of further aftershocks.

This was the second major earthquake to hit Christchurch in five months.

Police have said the death toll may rise to more than 200, with around 50 people still unaccounted for.

Prime Minister John Key is expected to unveil emergency assistance later on Monday which will support businesses and workers unable to operate because of the quake, similar to measures taken after the September quake.

Here are scenes from the devastation.

Updated 28 Feb 2011

Photo: Getty Images