February 24, 2011

New Zealand Quake Shakes Students Abroad

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Two Cornell students studying abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand have been evacuated from the city after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon. The earthquake killed at least 75 people, The New York Times reported.

Among the dead was one student at the University of Canterbury, where the two Cornell students were studying, according to Dr. Richard Gaulton, director of Cornell Abroad. The student was not killed on the university’s campus, he stated.

Gaulton said Cornell Abroad contacted the two students within a day of the earthquake and both are doing fine.

When the earthquake first hit, Taimur Alamgir ’12 was on the Canterbury campus, which suffered a power outage, Alamgir said in an e-mail.

“We initially didn’t think that the earthquake was as bad as it turned out to be as there was minimal damage to the University of Canterbury,” Alamgir wrote in the e-mail.

However, after friends that were off campus returned and shared their stories from around the city, the gravity of the event hit him, Alamgir said.

Original Author: Laura Shepard