26 Feb '11, 11pm

New Zealand remembers quake dead as toll hits 146

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Grieving New Zealanders held church services for victims of the deadly Christchurch earthquake Sunday as the danger of falling debris frustrated efforts to recover bodies. Only one body was pulled from the rubble overnight, bringing the death toll to 146, but police warned "we continue to believe that there are more than 200 people missing in the worst damaged parts of the city". With the number of fatalities from Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake steadily rising, Prime Minister John Key has warned the disaster "may be New Zealand's single most tragic event", outstripping a 1931 quake which killed 256. Police superintendent Russell Gibson said rescuers knew where bodies were located but could not reach them as ruined buildings in the disaster zone teetered on the brink of collapse. "I know that they (rescuers) can see bodies that they're trying to g...

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