CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) – Authorities in New Zealand have concluded that no one who was inside a seven-story building when it was brought down by yesterday’s earthquake could still be alive.
The building housed a regional TV network and other businesses.
The bodies of more victims are expected to be found there and elsewhere in the city of Christchurch, increasing the death toll that at last word stood at 75.
Much of that city of 350,000 people is in ruins.
Hundreds of troops, police and emergency workers are still trying to find survivors, amid the danger that aftershocks could bring down more buildings.
Sniffer dogs and heat-seeking cameras are being poked between gaps in hopes of finding more survivors. They’re being joined by search teams from Australia, Asia, Britain and the United States.