The Canterbury Television (CTV) building in Christchurch, New Zealand, was among those worst damaged in yesterday’s earthquake, and many people trapped inside are feared dead. The seven-storey building, headquarters of the independent, regional station, collapsed in minutes.
Fire Service national commander Mike Hall said today that up to 50 people were believed to be inside the building, and that hopes of bringing them out alive were fading, Radio New Zealand reports. He said there were no signs of life inside the building today. Among those unaccounted for are a number of Japanese students who are believed to have been at an English-language school on the third floor of the building.
The national broadcaster, TVNZ, said its newsroom in Christchurch had been quite seriously damaged in the earthquake but that all staff had been evacuated safely.
(Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union)