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All 1,200 Malaysian Students In Christchurch Safe

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PUTRAJAYA – All 1,200 Malaysian students studying in eight universities in Universiti di Christchurch, New Zealand, which was rocked by a strong earthquake yesterday, are safe, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the Malaysian Education Department (Education Malaysia) and the Malaysian High Comission in Wellington had contacted all of them and found that none were hurt.

“Education Malaysia in New Zealand has advised Malaysian students there to remain vigilant and follow advice issued by New Zealand’s Civil Defence Department,” he said in a statement here today.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit South Island at 7.02pm yesterday. Its epicentre was 92km northeast of Christchurch and a tsunami warning was issued. So far two people have been reported killed.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said a magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted New Zealand’s South Island again at 8.34am today but said it posed no tsunami threat. – BERNAMA

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