CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - Rescue teams in New Zealand continued to search for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake rocked downtown Christchurch, killing scores of people, toppling buildings and leaving others trapped beneath piles of concrete.
At least 75 people have died, 55 of whom have been identified, according to Prime Minister John Key. Hundreds are still missing, Key told reporters at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Key also told reporters that he will urge the nation's parliament to declare a state of emergency for all of New Zealand.
The 6.3-magnitude quake struck Christchurch during the lunchtime rush Tuesday. Frantic rescuers scrambled to reach those trapped beneath the rubble hours. Dazed, bleeding residents wandered through streets strewn with debris and piles of concrete.
The quake toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets, forced the collapse of a cathedral spire and cut power for most of the city.
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