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Two dead after New Zealand earthquake, residents flee tsunami

CHRISTCHURCH: At least two people were killed and more fatalities were feared after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand just after midnight Monday, while residents in coastal areas fled following tsunami warnings. As dawn broke there was scant information from many rural villages in the South Island, which were isolated by landslips and fractured telephone communications as strong aftershocks continued for several hours. Prime Minister John Key confirmed two people had died and said "we cannot rule out" that…