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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Comments (7)
  1. marianne says:

    I am sure the people of New Zealand will appreciate the assistance of our fire fighters and their quake rescue equipment.

  2. richie kotzen says:

    Resources??? I hope this won’t cost Los Angeles tax payers anything… we are on a budget crisis right now… we cannot be solving problems thousands of miles away when we have our own problems here…

  3. fish wrap says:

    Exactly isn’t the county strapped for cash and now we will send a crew over there plus equipment. How many other countries flew in when the world trade center buildings fell

  4. ClubCar165 says:

    Even though these specialized firefighters are from the Los Angeles County Fire Department they will be funded through FEMA, The is no cost to the resident of Los Angeles County. Be thankful we are one of only a handful of international teams able to provide assistance. Los Angeles County Fire responded to; Hurricane Inike, Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquake in Haiti.

  5. fish wrap says:

    Yeah fema will pay for people in other countries but won’t pay for people flooded in highland ca because not enough house were flooded to meet the qualifications

  6. ems says:

    They’re not paid for by the County nor FEMA. It’s international, so the costs associated with their deployment are paid for by USAID. From the LACo FD website: “CA-TF2 is partnered with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in providing the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance with humanitarian assistance in the form of collapsed structure search and rescue, in response to natural and man-made disasters, throughout the world.”

    1. Jim G. says:

      Thanks for clearing that financing question up.I praise their dedication and compassion and trust they will all come home safe.Obviously they are well trained and experienced in these types of emergencies,and their services will be welcome.

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