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Quake puts Christchurch on the world news map

Sep 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

bbcBy Josh Snee, Hanna Butler and Dan Dalgety

THE 7.1 earthquake that shook Christchurch residents from their beds and ripped numerous buildings apart has grabbed headlines around the world.

Many major international media led with constantly updated news of the earthquake.

For the BBC’s news website, one reporter spoke to New Zealand journalist Philip Duncan, who was on the seventh floor of a Christchurch hotel at the time of the Saturday morning quake.

“Being a New Zealander, it’s not unusual to feel an earthquake, but it gradually built up and got bigger and bigger and scarier and scarier,” Duncan said.

He called the response of the locals “laid back and calm” despite the chaos.

“It was a cold morning here but people were outside with blankets wrapped round them. Some were making jokes, a bit of the Kiwi spirit, I suppose.”

The coverage was one of the BBC’s most-viewed stories on the day of the quake.

American online newspaper The Huffington Post used tweets from New Zealanders to describe the quake. It quoted @mojomathers: “OMG! That was a freakin big earthquake. Stuff broken. Ongoin aftershocks. Hope everyone ok.”

British newspaper website The Guardian was today still showing Christchurch earthquake coverage on its top 10 of most-viewed international stories.

Malaysia’s The Star Online reported all Malaysian residents in Christchurch were safe and featured immediate reports and photos from Malaysians living in Christchurch.

Australian newspapers revealed Australian insurers IAG and Suncorp were bracing themselves for insurance claims to begin piling up and had introduced schemes to cope.

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