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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Los Angeles County firefighters are being mobilized for deployment to earthquake-stricken New Zealand.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta Reports

Chief Deputy John Tripp says the unit is set to depart Los Angeles late Tuesday.

A magnitude-6.3 quake struck Monday, just three miles from the populated city of Christchurch.

Scientists say the latest New Zealand earthquake caused more destruction than a larger one last year because of its location.

By contrast, the far larger magnitude-7 shaker last September hit about 30 miles west of the city.

Since September, about half a dozen aftershocks greater than magnitude-5 have rattled the Christchurch region. Tuesday’s is the largest aftershock to date.

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