twisted and smoking buildings today in a frantic search for survivors after New
Zealand’s catastrophic earthquake left nearly 400 dead or missing.
devastated by yesterday’s shallow, 6.3-magnitude tremor, to hunt for anyone
still alive along with an unknown number of bodies buried in the rubble.
were recovered, while about 30 people were rescued overnight. About 300 people
are still missing after New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.
scale” in the country’s second biggest city, six months after a 7.0-magnitude
quake shook buildings violently in Christchurch but miraculously caused no
Christchurch strewn with debris.
The city’s landmark cathedral lost its spire.
Dozens of aftershocks rocked the city, much of which was without power and
abandoned hope for any victims trapped in the flattened CTV building, which
housed a school for foreign English-language students.
students who were studying at the King’s Education College inside the six-storey
CTV building along with a South Korean brother and sister in their early
in it and my heart goes out to those families that are away knowing that some of
their children, family have probably been killed in this incident,” said police
operations commander Dave Lawry.
she was hit by falling debris in Cashel St Mall, two blocks from the CTV site.
She was killed instantly, but the baby survived.
Brittenden told the Christchurch Press.
certain to rise as more than 500 emergency workers combed through shattered
buildings, listening out for tapping, shouting and other signs of life.
Radio New Zealand. “There are bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in
cars and crushed under rubble.
buildings and that’s where the focus is at the moment.”
around the city’s tallest hotel, the Grand Chancellor, as the 26-storey building
leaned precariously and looked close to collapse.
from the Pyne Gould Corporation building, some 24 hours after the quake rocked
busy lunchtime streets at about 12:50 pm yesterday.
ducked under a desk when the quake struck.
must have got under it very quickly,” Bodkin-Allen told Fairfax media.
building for his wife, who works on the first floor and called 20 minutes before
the quake to say she had forgotten her mobile phone.
I am hanging around waiting,
what do you do?” Maynard told Fairfax.
emergency management chief John Hamilton saying rescuers may have just two or
three days to pull out anyone still alive.
died in a 1931 tremor, and Key’s declaration of a state of emergency will free
up national resources to focus on Christchurch.
earthquake would cost the insurance industry up to NZ$11.5 billion (R61.2
Korea, Taiwan and the United States were due to join the rescue operation as an
international effort swung into action.
seismic and volcanic activity stretching from Chile on one side to Japan and
Indonesia on the other.
was more destructive than the September quake because it was nearer to
Christchurch’s centre and much closer to the earth’s surface.