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So far there have been 71 deaths confirmed, and hundreds are still trapped in collapsed buildings or are missing.
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Our country has declared a national emergency, and the nation is in shock. Offers for help have come in from around the world with several hundred Urban rescuers from many countries helping with the search and recovery.
My family and I live many miles from Christchurch, up in the North Island, so we didn't even feel the earthquake. My parents have friends who were holidaying in the city and went through the horrible ordeal but we are blessed that they are now home safe.
Our hearts and prayers are with everyone.