The death toll from the earthquake that struck on Tuesday, at 12:54pm (local time) currently stands at 98, but likely to double as USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) move from rescue to recovery. Of the four dead whose names have been formally released so far, two are infants.
The human toll is horrific, but so is the damage to the landscape.
The Christchurch cathedral (Anglican/Episcopal), from which everything in the city radiates, has lost it's spire
The Provincial Council buildings were one of my favorite, but is now just a crumble of bricks:
The Catholic Cathedral did not escape either.
abdabs -- Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- 05:58:45 AM -- 1393 of 1655
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