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[6 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

PINNED under a concrete wall and in agonising pain, a Christchurch quake survivor wanted to die before a penknife-wielding surgeons – including an Australian doctor – hacked his legs off in a remarkable rescue.
“I just wanted there to be a decent aftershock to finish it,” Brian Coker said of his ordeal trapped in the rubble of a Christchurch office block after the devastating tremor that has killed at least 148 people.
Quick-thinking surgeons, who were in Christchurch for a medical conference, saved Coker’s life by amputating his legs using a pocket …

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Various major Japanese companies offered a range of assistance Wednesday for victims of an earthquake that hammered the New Zealand city of Christchurch the previous day.
Canon Inc said its group will send 10 million yen via the Japanese Red Cross Society and other aid bodies to facilitate relief work for the victims. Aeon Co said it will hand over 10 million yen to the Embassy of New Zealand in Japan to facilitate emergency reconstruction work, while Toshiba Corp said it will provide assistance worth 5 million yen.
Softbank Mobile Corp said …

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[26 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Clutching her groom, she looked like any beaming bride. But Emma Howard’s trip down the aisle Friday almost didn’t happen. Just 72 hours earlier she was trapped under a building that collapsed in the earthquake.
The 23-year-old was rescued nearly six hours after sending a frantic text to her fiancee, who helped pull her out.
“I got this text … saying ‘It’s Emma here. I’m OK and I love you very much,” said Chris Greenslade, who was outside his office across town when the disaster struck Tuesday afternoon and raced to find …

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[24 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

In the panic that follows a disaster, some want to get back home, others want to flee.
AFTER the fright came the flights.
Shattered residents and tourists have boarded civilian and air force planes in their hundreds to leave Christchurch, while locals who had been away from the city made their way home on flights carrying emergency personnel and equipment.
Air New Zealand’s extra flights alone added more than 1600 seats to its normal services out of the city. The largest aircraft it was using, a 379-seat Boeing 747-400, was to make three …