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When I walked past the wreckage, (after evacuating our shattered office block, heading to Latimer Square for shelter from the aftershocks), I began to understand how bad it was.

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Richard Wood Photography - Christchurch Roman Catholic Bascilica - February 22 2011 Earthquake Damage - this was a truly beautiful building and I believe there is hope that it can be rebuilt

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Collapsed buildings in Manchester Street, Christchurch - this was a beautiful building with gilded pressed metal ceilings and geraniums in terracotta pots sitting on the 3 storied window sills. My heart broke when I saw this image.

The long corridor of the Canterbury Provincial Chambers. Now gone.

The long corridor of the Canterbury Provincial Chambers. Now gone.

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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Christchurch

[Christchurch earthquake] Crushed cars in a car parking building in Christchurch. Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Christchurch

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