Earthquake death toll reaches 113

19:04, Feb 26 2011
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Rescue staff work at the CTV building in the early hours of the morning.
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Rescue staff work at the CTV building near Cashel St in the city centre.
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A church on the corner of Cashel and Madras streets in the city centre.
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A crane is used to try and dig through rubble at the CTV building.
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People line up at Christchurch Airport this morning.
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Hundreds of people gather at Christchurch Airport this morning.
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A woman is pulled to safety from the PGC building.
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Police and rescue staff celebrate after pulling someone from the PGC building.
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A ute sticking out of a ditch in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood.
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A damaged church in Linwood.
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Motorist queue for petrol at a station in Opawa.
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An aerial shot of homes damaged in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner.
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A property in Sumner damaged by the quake.
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A tanker trapped on a road near Lyttelton.
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A home in Sumner damaged by the quake.
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A home damaged in Sumner.
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Rescuers free a woman from the PGC building this morning.
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An aerial image of the CTV building.
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A house in Sumner damaged by the quake.
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Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker talks to the media.
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Prime Minister John Key addresses the Cabinet this morning.
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A home in Lyttelton was wrecked by a boulder falling from a hill.
A building in Lyttelton that was destroyed.
A building in Lyttelton that was destroyed.
The view over Lyttelton Harbour.
The view over Lyttelton Harbour.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttleton.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttelton.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttelton.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttelton.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttelton.
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Damage from the quake in Lyttelton.
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The Empire hotel in Lyttelton.
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Buildings have collapsed in Lyttelton.
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The Hotel Grand Chancellor building in downtown Christchurch may collapse with reports the building is visibly slumping.
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The Cathedral, with The Press building at the left.
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An aerial view of water damage.
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Dust on the streets of Christchurch.
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The damaged Lincoln Road Bikeshop.
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The Provincial Chambers, damaged by the quake.
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The bridge near Victoria Street.
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Left, St Lukes Church on Kilmore St, and right, the Pyne Gold Building.
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Damaged roads in Christchurch.
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Search and rescue pull out Ann Bodkin alive from the Pyne Gould Guiness building.
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A very happy Graham Richardson after search and rescue pull out his wife Ann Bodkin alive from the Pyne Gould Guiness building.
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Ann Bodkin and her rescuer being lowered on a Fire ladder truck from the wreckage of the Pyne Gould building.
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Fire appliances from around Canterbury waiting for action outside the central fire station.
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The damaged Christchurch CBD.
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Buildings in Lyttelton destroyed by the quake.
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A tanker truck stuck on the road out to Lyttelton.
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The damaged Christchurch CBD.
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Liquefaction in Christchurch.
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Cracks at the Merivale Mall carpark.
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A car sinking in the Palm Mall carpark.
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Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker talks to the media outside the Christchuch Art Gallery.
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The damaged Time Ball Tower in Lyttelton.
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Damaged cars on Manchester St.
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The Harper House of Christ's College.
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A cyclist on Fitzgerald Avenue.
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Kent Manning, 15, and Lizzy Manning, 18, wait for news of their mother, trapped in the CTV building.
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Kent Manning, left, and his sister Lizzy, 18, with their father - they have been told there is no hope of finding their mother alive.
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A flight from Christchurch arrives at Hamilton Airport.
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Searach and Rescue volunteers listen to a briefing before heading off to their search assignments
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The toppled statue of a Canterbury founding father William Rolleston, a superintendent of Canterbury.
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The Christchurch Cathedral.
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An injured earthquake victim is flown to Wellington Hospital.
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Police Superintendent Dave Cliff at a Media briefing, outside the Christchurch Art Gallery.
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A bus damaged by the earthquake in Colombo St believed to have fatalities on board.
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Tourists living in temporary tented accomodation in Hagley Park.
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A digger is brought into the CTV site.

Thirteen staff at a medical centre are among the missing in the collapsed Canterbury TV (CTV) building in quake-hit Christchurch.

GP Victoria Flight, who owned the practice, said it was unknown how many patients had been inside The Clinic, based in the CTV building, when the 6.3 earthquake struck on Tuesday.

She said had only heard from one of the 14 staff working that day.

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The back of the collapsed PGG building.
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Earthquake damage in central Christchurch.
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Earthquake damage at Cashel Mall in central Christchurch.
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A man waiting to be rescued from Forsyth Bar building.
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An injured women is comforted near Cashel Mall in central Christchurch.
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An injured man near Cashel Mall in central Christchurch.
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The Baptist Church on Madras St.
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A man lies injured near Cashel Mall.
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A smashed car is seen in a car parking building.
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Crushed cars are seen in a car parking building.
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Rescue workers search for survivors through debris.
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Collapsed buildings in Manchester Street.
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Collapsed buildings and debris are seen along Manchester Street.
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Rescue workers search for survivors through debris.
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Rescuers stop to listen for sounds from survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street.
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A bus covered in building debris.
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The PGG-Wrightson building on Manchester St.
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A woman is removed from the wreckage.
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An injured man uses his phone.
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Oxford Terrace Baptist Church with the 911 memorial to NY fire fighters lost in the terrorist attack at left on the bank of the Avon.
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The PGG building across the road from the Band Rotunder on the Avon River.
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Christ's College.
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The Press Building (foreground) and the Christ Church Cathedral at rear.
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Flooding near Ferrymead.
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Flooding near Ferrymead.
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Earthquake damage to the PGG-Wrightson building.
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Men celebrate being rescued from the totalled PGG-Wrightson building.
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Rockfall on Dyers Pass Road.
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Brougham street packed as people try to get away and around the city.
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Cliff damage behind Redcliffs school damaging homes.
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Cars on the sewage ponds roundabout because they cant get over bridge street bridge (at left) due to damage.
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Water damage in on the corner of Pages Rd and ANZAC Dr.
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Army troops arrive in Lyttelton.
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Flooding in Ferrymead.
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Earthquake damage inside The Press building.
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Rubble of a building following the second Christchurch earthquake.
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An injured man receives assistance.
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Firefighters in action in central Christchurch.
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Destroyed shops on Manchester St in the Christchurch CBD.
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Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker speaks to media at the Civil defense centre at the Christchurch Arts Gallery.
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Patients and staff outside the emergency department at the Christchurch Hospital.
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A damaged church on the corner of Manchester Street.
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Firefighters and office workers try and extinguish a blaze and rescue trapped people at the CTV building on Madras Street.
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A Christchurch tram covered in debris.
A man rescued from rubble in Cashel Mall.
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A marque tents in Hagley Park, originally set-up for the Ellerslie Flower Show, now being used as temporary accommodation.
A marquee in Hagley Park, originally set-up for the Ellerslie Flower Show, now being used as temporary accommodation.
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A military vehicle parks in the street while residents leave the city centre.

Meanwhile police have this evening released the names of two further confirmed victims of Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

They are Jeff Pelesa Sanft, 32 and Andrew Christian Ross Craig, 46. Both were Christchurch residents, as were the four, including two babies, already named.

Police also said there had been eight arrests relating to looting and other offences, including breaching the cordon in place around parts of central Christchurch. Two people have been remanded in custody after generators were stolen.

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People leaving the central city at the corner of Durham and Armargh Streets.
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Damage to a building on the corner of of Colombo and Kilmore Streets.
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Barbadoes St Catholic Cathedral.
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Damage to the Armargh St bicycle lane.
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Only warped steel and stone remains of tram lines.
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The Iron Cross from the dome of the Barbadoes St Catholic Cathedral.
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Rescue workers at the PGC Building on Cambridge Terrace.
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A building on the edge of destruction on Manchester Street.
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A footpath, warped by the earthquake like a wave.
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The Baptist church at the corner of Madras and Chester Streets in ruins.
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Engineers attend at 7:30am briefing before heading out to survey damaged buildings.
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A patient arrives at Nelson Airport after being transferred from Christchurch.
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Cars queue for petrol in Kaikoura.
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Fire appliances from around Canterbury wait for action outside the central fire station.
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A clock on the Christchurch Art Centre which stopped at about the time of the quake - 12:54.
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A car crushed by falling debris on Ferry Road.
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Earthquake Commision inspectors assemble to begin working on assessing buildings.
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Aaron Francis and his son Jarron Francis, 10, leave the Civil Defence Welfare Centre set up at Burnside High School uncertain of what the future holds for them.
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A collapsed church at the corner of Worcester and Manchester Streets.
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The Christ Church Cathedral is still considered too unsafe to enter.
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St Luke's Anglican Church on the corner of Manchester and Kilmore Streets.
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Looking south on Manchester St from Gloucester St.
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A crushed car amongst rubble on Manchester Street.
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Looking south on Manchester Street from Gloucester Street.
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Emergency services work to get into the Press building in Cathedral Square.
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Toppled statues in Cathedral square.
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An army vehicle crosses Colombo Street.
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A building at Cathedral Square near the entrance to Chancery Lane.
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Urban Search and Rescue crew assemble in Cathedral Square.
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The Cenotaph in Cathedral Square stands amid rubble from the spire of the Cathedral.
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Media are briefed by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.
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A letterbox can be seen amid liquifaction.
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Murray James stands in front of his destoyed historic 1922 home in Bealey Avenue.
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A resident cleans up mud and debris on Bower Avenue.
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A cyclist is stopped at a cordon in Lyttelton by defence force personnel.
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Evacuees are seated in a defence force Hercules bound for Wellington.
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NZ Army medics provide support at the PGG building in Christchurch.
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The very tip of the Christ Church Cathedral, which came crashing to the ground during the earthquake.
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Students clear mud off Barrington Street.
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Japanese rescue workers arrive at the rubble of CTV building.
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Buses crushed from falling buildings in Colombo St

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Members of a search and rescue team from Taiwan prepare to search a building on Montreal St after the earthquake.
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Hamish Pirie of the Nelson based New Zealand Response Team 2 NZRT2 outside St Lukes Church in Kilmore St.
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DAMAGE: Liquifaction outside the AMI Stadium.
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Lois Fitzgerald walks down Kilmore St as she leaves Christchurch for the North Island after the earthquake.
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Krutika and Neeta Patel of Opawa Discounter hand out free iceblocks.
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Richard Foot has been giving out water since yesterday morning outside his house on 131 Opawa Rd.
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Ben Leong, who flats behind, but on same property, of this Miles Warren Mount Pleasant home.
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Ken Connor, left, and Paul Blackham of the Nelson-based New Zealand Response Team 2 search properties in Kilmore St after the earthquake.
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Tim Lucas of the Canterbury Landrovers Owners Club digs silt from around a car in Kilmore St.
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A huge boulder which fell from cliffs in Redcliffs.
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Redcliffs suburb residents dealing with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Pictured Ray McLauchlan, 92, with his son Alastair.
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The welfare centre at Cowles Stadium.
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Christchurch Ian Mayer, left, and Paul McGaughan pictured fleeing Paul's Home in Taupata street in Redcilffs. Taupata street is very close to Challenger Lane which is been evacuated at present.
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Flowers placed on the seat of a car crushed by bricks and debris near Riccarton Road.
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Maxim Millen, a fourth-year civil engineering student at Canterbury University.
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The Knox Church on the corner of Bealey Ave and Victoria Street.
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Police prepare to evacuate houses in Redcliffs
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New Zealand army troops take water from the sea to desalinate.
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New Zealand army troops take water from the sea to desalinate.
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James and Leila Garcia are seeking any information on Miss Garcia's sister Lalaine Agatep while Makoto Kayaba, a Japanese tour guide (right), paces anxiously outside the Papanui Police Station.
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Emma Howard was married today to Chris Greenslade at the Christ the King church centre in Christchurch. Howard was pulled out of the collapsed PGC building following the earthquake.

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COUPLE SHARE THEIR HAPPY DAY

Emma Howard recounted earlier today how she was trapped "in a foetal position" for a terrifying 6½ hours after she was thrown from her chair when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on Tuesday.

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This afternoon she married her partner Chris Greenslade, who she texted from the rubble amid her ordeal.

The couple, who planned their wedding months ago, were married in the Christ the King Catholic Church in Burnside this afternoon.

When asked how she was feeling as she prepared to wed, she told waiting media she was tired.

"The church is still in perfect condition and we have a marquee out here on dad's front lawn for the reception," she said.

"I'm fortunate that everybody we invited originally will be there."

Her anxious-looking father knelt down to fan out his daughter's train and said: "It's what dads do I guess.

MANY LESS FORTUNATE

Meanwhile families overseas with relatives caught up in Tuesday's deadly Christchurch earthquake have been urged to prepare for the "worst type of news".

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he had spoken to his international counterparts over the last two days and told them that some families in their countries should expect "very bad news".

"I've said to them that while we do not have the information that those families would want, we are at a point where some very negative conclusions need to be drawn," he said.

"There will be families receiving the worst type of news in the next few days."

The Christchurch quake death toll rose to 113 this morning. Police have urged tourists to phone home so they can determine if anyone should be struck-off the missing list.

Family and friends clutch passport photos outside the Papanui police station as they search for information about loved ones, still missing.

Leila Garcia, from Wellington, flew to Christchurch today with her husband James Garcia trying to find her sister Lalaine Agatep, 38, from the Philippines.

FAR-REACHING TRAGEDY

Of the 113 people confirmed dead so far, 20 are believed to be foreigners, while a number of the more than 200 missing are also believed to be from overseas.

Ninety international students and staff, including 13 Filipinos, from private training school King's Education are believed to be inside the flattened CTV building.

Superintendent Dave Cliff has pleaded for tourists in New Zealand to contact their families. "Please phone home, let your loved ones know where you are," he said.

Mrs Garcia said her sister flew from Wellington to Christchurch on Sunday to start studying at the Kings Education English school, on the third floor of the CTV building.

The couple have not heard from Ms Agatep since they dropped her at Wellington Airport on Sunday and hold grave fears for her safety.

Hopes are fading for another Irishman who worked in a building destroyed by the magnitude 6.3 quake.

The British Press Association reported he had been named as JJ O'Connor from Abbeydorney in County Kerry.

The man, aged in his mid-40s and married with children, was an accountant in the Pyne Gould Corporation building which has collapsed.

Psychiatric nurse Eoin McKenna, who had been living in New Zealand for about six years, is among those already confirmed dead.

A chef, Gregory Tobin, 25, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, is also reported to have died.

Meanwhile Susan Selway, 50, a clinical psychologist who was working in the CTV Building is missing and presumed dead.

She is married to a New Zealander, and has two stepchildren. She is chairwoman of the STOP Trust, which works with address sexual abuse, and has been a lecturer at Canterbury University.

McCully said the New Zealand Government would do everything it could to enable the grieving families to "meet their own needs over the next few days".

Signs of the international help are spread throughout the city, from Singaporean army officers manning cordons to American medical tents at welfare centres.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said words could not describe how grateful he was for the overseas help.

"It means absolutely everything," he said.

"To have people from many nations coming here to help this city is deeply moving and deeply supportive for all of us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

NO SIGNS OF LIFE IN CATHEDRAL

More Christchurch residents are expected to leave their homes in the coming days with a national state of emergency expected to continue for several weeks.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said the quake would be one of the biggest global insurance events of 2011 with the cost of the recovery in excess of $NZ 10 billion.

Brownlee said a national state of emergency would continue for several weeks as officials worked to get a better picture of what was required to keep the city centre safe.

Search and rescue teams who have lowered a camera into the main part of ChristChurch Cathedral say there are no signs of life.

Rescue workers began the grim task of removing bodies from the cathedral this morning.

Up to 22 people are believed to have been buried in the rubble of the cathedral after the spire toppled in Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude quake.

Rescue experts said stone and rubble was filling the building up to a height of around 20 metres.

"We put a camera in before but there was nothing. No sound, nothing," a rescuer said.

There is little chance of finding survivors at the flattened Pyne Gould Corporation building, where bodies were pulled from the rubble overnight.

The top two floors of the Canterbury TV building, where up to 122 people are unaccounted for, have been removed, Urban Search and Rescue spokesman Mitchell Brown said.

Inspector Mark Harrison said police had established a large liaison team to begin contacting families with missing relatives.

He said daily briefings are being held for the families with several hundred people attended yesterday's meeting.

He said some people had been reported as missing many times - up to 20 on one occasion - so it took time to work through the list.

About 600 search and rescue staff, who failed to find any survivors overnight, have been working in shifts searching the central city rubble today.

RESIDENTS TOLD TO KEEP CALM

Mayor Bob Parker said engineers were assessing local shopping centres and malls. The focus was on medical centres and pharmacies.

Parker said 80 teams of four people were checking properties and the welfare of the people living in them.

"We are doing everything we can to rescue people - our assumption is we will be finding people alive, we don't know if that's true but that's the process we are working to."

Civil Defence Director John Hamilton reiterated this morning there was no need for people to stockpile or "risky steps" to store petrol.

"Christchurch will not run out of petrol, or fuel. Same with food," he said.

Operational supermarkets had plenty of food with good links to supplies.

Army engineers have today established two water production facilities - on the waterfront in Lyttleton and another in New Brighton - to provide water. The plants are reverse osmosis systems that desalinate seawater and produce 2000 litres of fresh water every hour.

The weather had changed today with rain, not expected to ease until this afternoon, making conditions dangerous for rescue workers, one of whom had been hit by falling debris this morning.

More than 450 people were in welfare centres overnight, 164 had received serious injuries and 11 patients were in intensive care.

Carter said it was hoped that a more comprehensive understanding of the level of infrastructure damage, including water, sewage and power, would be available in the next 24 to 48 hours.

There was no need for panic buying, reported in Kaiapoi and other areas, as there was sufficient food and water going into the city, Carter said.

Meanwhile police last night arrested two men, aged 22 and 23, and charged them with the theft of several emergency generators from the city.

They will attend a special court hearing at the Christchurch central police station today.

QUAKE VICTIMS NAMED

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said this morning that as more names of the dead were released it was going to be increasingly distressing for people.

"Later, as names come out there will be people you know."

The names of the first four quake victims, including two babies, were released last night.

Jayden Harris, nine months, and five-month-old Baxtor Gowland both perished.

Also killed were  Joseph Tehau Pohio, 40, and Jaime Robert McDowell Gilbert, 22. All were from Christchurch.

Two British nationals are also known to have died, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Thursday.

Police appealed for understanding from families as they work to identify the bodies of victims.

"We know it's an agonising wait for families desperate to find out about their loved-ones, but there is a legal requirement for this work to be completed to standards set by the Coroner," police disaster victim identification commander Mike Wright said.

Police were required to follow the international process of disaster victim identification, which did not rely solely on visual identification as in stressful conditions distraught relatives could often mistakenly identify loved ones.

At least 106 staff were working quickly but methodically on identification which included using fingerprints, DNA, dental records and personal information, he said.

The Chief Coroner's office has said that any specific information about people could help speed up the identification process including photographs.

A spokesman said family and friends should provide the information to the main Red Cross number of 0800 733276. That could include any distinguishing features, such as tattoos or marks on a person's body, clothes they might have been wearing and jewellery - especially distinctive pieces.

Cliff said were concerned about releasing the names of the missing. "The risk around releasing the names of the missing is just too great."