24 Feb '11, 4am

Language school says 48 missing in NZ quake

CHRISTCHURCH (New Zealand) - AN ENGLISH language school in earthquake-hit Christchurch said on Thursday that 48 students and staff, including scores of Asian students, were missing after the disaster. King's Education, which was based in a building flattened in the 6.3 magnitude tremor, released names of staff and students on its website, saying the list was compiled with the aid of witnesses and education authorities. Japan's foreign ministry said at least 27 of its citizens who had visited the school were missing - 10 from the Toyama College of Foreign Languages, 12 from two study tour agencies and five independent students. The list disclosed by King's included at least 30 names that appeared to be Japanese as 'presumed in building' or 'status unknown'. At least two South Korean students are also known to be among the missing, along with students from many other countri...

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