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San Diegan using Facebook to reach loved ones in New Zealand

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Rescue crews continue to search for survivors after Monday's deadly 6.3 quake in New Zealand. News 8 talks to a San Diegan with ties to the country.

The earthquake struck at the height of the busy workday. Dozens of people are trapped below the rubble, forcing rescuers to work late into the night.

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit the heart of Christchurch. One seismologist called it a "direct hit". Several roads buckled in the quake, snapping water mains and flooding streets. It's the deadliest earthquake to hit New Zealand in 80 years. The last one in September was bigger, but didn't kill anyone.

New Zealand-born Bronny Cambridge lives in San Diego, but is using Facebook to keep in touch with friends with family members missing.

"It's been very difficult to get a hold of loved ones and find out if they are safe," Bronny said.

Bronny says rescuers are using cell phones to communicate with buried survivors.

"They are hearing screams and text messaging, so they are concentrating on those. I think it's pretty sad that they've got to skip the bodies that they are seeing that they can't do much for, and go after the people that they can hear still," she said.

The force of the quake tore off sides of buildings. Although dozens of people have been rescued, authorities say at least 100 people are missing.

Several countries are racing to the aid of New Zealand. The U.S. State Department is sending a search and rescue team.

New Zealand's worst earthquake hit back in 1931, killing 256 people.

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