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Updated: February 23, 2011 21:56 IST

Frantic hunt on in Christchurch

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An aerial view of emergency services working at the ruined CTV building in Christchurch, on Wednesday.
AP An aerial view of emergency services working at the ruined CTV building in Christchurch, on Wednesday.

Hundreds of rescuers swarmed over twisted and smoking buildings on Wednesday in a frantic search for survivors after New Zealand's catastrophic earthquake left 75 dead and about 300 missing.

Emergency services cordoned off central Christchurch, which was devastated by Tuesday's shallow, 6.3-magnitude tremor, to hunt for anyone still alive along with an unknown number of bodies buried in the rubble.

Prime Minister John Key declared a national emergency.

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