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Dharamshala: Tibet's political and spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has offered his personal condolences to New Zealand following the earthquake that has ravaged the country. The 6.3 magnitude quake, that struck the city of Christchurch, is the country's biggest disaster in 80 years and has claimed the lives of 75 people.

It is also reported that upwards of 300 people remain missing due to the collapsed buildings. New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key said the quake had "wreaked death and destruction on a dreadful scale" in the country's second biggest city, six months after a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Christchurch causing much less damage

The letter sent by His Holiness to John Key yesterday (22nd February) expressed his shock and sadness on hearing the news of a powerful earthquake that had once again struck Christchurch which he had fond memories of visiting in 1996.

His Holiness also expressed his deeply felt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for the well-being of those who have been injured or lost their homes, with the hope that normal life is restored soon.