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Power back on in city rocked by aftershocks

Ray Lilley in Wellington

Published 15/06/2011 | 05:00

Elizabeth Parsons (73) looks on yesterday as her grandson plays in a pile of sludge, the day after two magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck the
quake-damaged city of Christchurch in New Zealand
Elizabeth Parsons (73) looks on yesterday as her grandson plays in a pile of sludge, the day after two magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck the quake-damaged city of Christchurch in New Zealand

Power was mostly restored to New Zealand's quake-damaged city of Christchurch yesterday after strong aftershocks brought down more buildings and killed a nursing home resident.

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The latest quakes -- the strongest of which was 6.0 in magnitude -- left tens of thousands without electricity on a winter night when temperatures approached freezing. By afternoon, around 7,000 households were still without power. The power company Orion said it was providing generators to fill some of the gap.

Water supplies were also compromised, and Mayor Bob Parker was encouraging people to boil their water.

More than 40 people were injured in Monday's earthquakes. One elderly nursing home resident died after he fell and hit his head. Thousands of aftershocks have followed the February quake that killed 181 people. Monday's quakes sent bricks crashing down in the cordoned-off city centre. About 50 buildings were destroyed.

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