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Amateur video captures first moments of Christchurch quake

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Amateur video captures first moments of Christchurch quake


Startling images have emerged of the first moments after the devastating earthquake that hit New Zealand earlier this week.

The never-before-seen amateur footage shows people scrambling in the immediate aftermath as buildings shake and collapse around them.

Three days on and much of Christchurch, the country’s second largest city, resembles a war zone.

It is now known that 113 people died but that figure is expected to rise with more than 200 others still missing. Search and rescue attempts are ongoing although authorities admit hopes are fading.

Emma Howard, is one survivor who will be willing rescue teams to continue their efforts.

The young accountant, together with six co-workers used their mobile phones to see in the dark. She was pulled, largely unscathed, from the rubble of a collapsed building after being trapped for six hours and has been able to wed her fiance Chris Greenslade as planned.

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