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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch quake day two: As it happened

These are live updates from TVNZ, so check back regularly to the site for more info :

" 1.01am: A firefighting team has moved into the collapsed CTV building to put out a fire in the basement. Diggers are clearing rubble at the back of the collapsed building. Search and Rescue workers have been deployed elsewhere and there is no sign of them returning, Civil Defence told ONE News. They are working in areas "where there is more hope", a Civil Defence spokesman said.

12.49am: An Australian woman who was trapped under her desk in the Pyne Gould building is now recovering in hospital. Ann Vos phoned a TV station to say she was trapped under tonnes of concrete, glass and steel.

12.39am: A 4.1 magnitude aftershock struck at 12.12am at a depth of 8km 10 km east of Christchurch.

12.24am: Telecom is bringing in another 33 generators overnight and setting up three more mobile sites to help improve capacity.

12.12am : The confirmed death toll stands at 75 with 300 people missing. Central Christchurch sits under curfew tonight with police and the army patrolling the streets. Telecommunications companies have repeated their call for people to continue to use text messages instead of calling on mobile phones when contacting people in Christchurch.

11.45pm: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs has named one of the victims as Owen McKenna, who was in his mid-40s and from County Monaghan, national broadcaster RTE said. He had been married to a New Zealand woman, and had been living here for several years, it was reported. A man originally from Northern Ireland is also believed to have died in the quake, RTE said."

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