The New Zealand city of Christchurch, which in February 2011 was badly damaged by the earthquake, has covered a huge cloud of dust. As reported on Wednesday, March 2, Agence France-Presse, strong — up to 70 kilometers per hour — the wind picked up in the air about 200 thousand tons of sand and silt trapped on the surface because of the aftershocks.
The incident greatly complicated the rescue operation, which continues in the city. It is noted that rescuers have continued to work, putting on face masks.
The earthquake that occurred in Christchurch on February 22, dozens of buildings were destroyed. According to recent reports, has killed at least 159 people — their death officially confirmed.
Dozens of people are still missing. However, authorities believe that the hope of finding people alive under the rubble almost gone, and the death toll in the long run will be at least 240 people.
As previously reported, among the missing in Christchurch were dozens of foreigners — students of the local English language school.