19 Feb '12, 2am

Aftershocks put N. Zealand quake city rebuild on hold

Aftershocks put N. Zealand quake city rebuild on hold

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: Dangerous aftershocks have left the battered city of Christchurch struggling to rebuild 12 months after a devastating earthquake and raised doubts over its economic future. Much of the downtown area was destroyed and remains sealed off following the 6.3-magnitude quake on February 22 last year, which killed 185 people as it flattened office blocks, buckled roads and brought historic buildings crashing down. Hotels and shops lie empty behind the wire-mesh fences of the "red zone", which covers most of the central business area -- a ghost town of broken buildings and vacant lots with weeds poking out from exposed foundations. The only sound of activity from within is the crash of rubble being dumped into skips as workers still toil to clear debris from the historic precinct which was once the pride of New Zealand's second largest city. Plans are af...

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