Stars Sending Prayers to Christchurch Earthquake Victims

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Stars including Slash, Justin Bieber, Benji Madden, and Debby Ryan have reached out to the residents of Christchurch, New Zealand after a devastating earthquake struck on Tuesday. At least 65 lives were claimed in the powerful tremor, which wrecked... 000_007_578_earthquake

Stars including Slash, Justin Bieber, Benji Madden, and Debby Ryan have reached out to the residents of Christchurch, New Zealand after a devastating earthquake struck on Tuesday.

At least 65 lives were claimed in the powerful tremor, which wrecked several buildings in the city and prompted officials to declare a state of emergency in the area. As news of the disaster broke around the world, stars took to their Twitter pages to express their shock at the earthquake.

In a post, Madden writes, "Sending prayers out to everyone in ChristChurch. Beautiful place and great people. Thoughts & prayers with you guys in NZ. God bless!", while Josh Groban adds, "Sending my love to my friends in New Zealand… quite the frightening quake they've experienced."

Justin Bieber declares, "My prayers go out tonight to the people of New Zealand. God bless" and Slash adds, "Our thoughts & prayers go out to everybody in Christchurch."

Australia natives Dannii Minogue and Miranda Kerr were also stunned to hear about the disaster. The model posted on her Twitter page: "I was just talking to dad and he told me about the earthquake in NZ. Please keep everyone in NZ in your thoughts and prayers", while Minogue tells her online followers, "Pictures of the earthquake damage (are) devastating. My thoughts are with everyone there today."

Young stars like Debby Ryan tweeted "My love and prayers to those in New Zealand, and their families/friends all over the world," while Cody Simpson said, "Praying for the people and city of Christchurch, New Zealand! So close to my hometown!"

Lisa Origliasso from the Veronicas added, "Praying for the people and city of Christchurch, New Zealand!! So devastating ;("

And Joe Jonas tweeted, "Praying for New Zealand. So sad. I was there not to long ago such a beautiful place and beautiful people."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected by the Earthquake.

(Photo: Redferns)

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