Earth Science News  





.
SHAKE AND BLOW
New Zealand inquest told of quake victims' last moments

by Staff Writers
Wellington (AFP) May 16, 2011
A New Zealand inquiry into the deaths of nine Christchurch earthquake victims who remain formally unidentified heard evidence Monday of their last communications with loved ones.

A total of 181 people died in the 6.3-magnitude quake that rocked New Zealand's second city on February 22 but the remains of nine, including four Chinese and a Filipina, were too incomplete to allow formal identification.

At an inquest into the deaths, police presented circumstantial evidence to Chief Coroner Neil MacLean that all the unidentified victims perished in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building, which collapsed then burst into flames.

Detective inspector Paul Kench said witness statements placed the victims in the office block at the time of the quake and examination of mobile phone, bank and passport records had shown no activity since the disaster.

He detailed text messages sent to the victims from friends and relatives desperate to hear from missing loved ones.

One message sent to CTV employee Shawn Lucas read: "Shawn are you OK? Did you get out? Let me know ASAP where you are. We are so worried about you."

Another to Peruvian national Elsa Torres De Frood said: "Please tell me you are OK. Thanks". Kench said only De Frood's wedding ring and keys were found in the charred wreckage of the building.

He said a friend of Rhea Mae Sumalpong from the Philippines, who was studying at an English-language school in the building, reported receiving a call after the quake from someone who was trapped with the trained nurse.

The person said Sumalpong could not make the call herself because her hands were pinned down in the rubble.

MacLean said the 25-year-old's case was particularly tragic as it was apparent that Sumalpong "unfortunately lingered on alive and trapped as fire swept through the building".

Chinese consular officials attended the inquest in Christchurch to hear evidence about the deaths of four Chinese nationals -- Zhou Xiaoli, 26, Leng Jinyan, 30, Xu Xiujuan, 47 and Zhang Didi, 23.

The inquest, scheduled to continue until Wednesday, will allow the coroner to formally declare the unidentified victims are dead, a step MacLean said he hoped may bring some closure to their families.

"To say that this is an extraordinary type of inquiry obviously is an understatement. We have never had to deal with this situation, such as arose out of the events of the 22nd of February, before," he said.

"The emotions of course are still raw."




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
SHAKE AND BLOW
One-eighth of quake-hit Spanish city damaged
Madrid (AFP) May 14, 2011
About one-eighth of buildings in the quake-hit Spanish city of Lorca were severely damaged including 17th-century structures, the regional authority said Saturday. A preliminary assessment based on inspections by engineers lists the buildings as strictly off-limits, the Murcia regional government said on its website. "Buildings that have a red color marked on their entrances mean there ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


SHAKE AND BLOW
Japan's nuclear crisis timetable on track: PM

Doctors defy radiation woes in Japan's Fukushima

New Zealand budget to focus on quake bill: PM

Japan's TEPCO says shutdown plan on schedule

SHAKE AND BLOW
How to control complex networks

Video gaming teens sleep less: study

Mixing fluids efficiently in confined spaces: Let the fingers do the working

When is it worth the cost of remanufacturing

SHAKE AND BLOW
Foothill yellow-legged frog provides insight on river management

Salinity in Outer Banks wells traced to fossil seawater

Salinity in Outer Banks wells traced to fossil seawater

Water for Mongolia

SHAKE AND BLOW
Denmark plans claim to North Pole seabed: foreign minister

Ecological impact on Canada's Arctic coastline linked to climate change

Canada PM's Arctic stand 'frosty rhetoric'

States set rules on exploiting Arctic wealth

SHAKE AND BLOW
Livestock genes could protect against one of Africa's oldest animal plagues

Drought tolerance in crops: Shutting down the plant's growth inhibition under mild stress

India's top court imposes ban on 'toxic' pesticide

New Strategy Aims to Reduce Agricultural Ammonia

SHAKE AND BLOW
New Zealand inquest told of quake victims' last moments

Vietnam tests first tsunami alert system

Australian flood costs top $6 billion

Local tsunami alert after 6.5 quake off Papua New Guinea

SHAKE AND BLOW
Mozambique wages war on man-eating crocs

Humanity can and must do more with less

Outside View: Kenya mobile banking network

Burkina Faso ruling party says opposition aiming for coup

SHAKE AND BLOW
Sporadic mutations identified in children with autism spectrum disorders

Computer program aids patients in end-of-life planning

Ancient rock carvings found in Sudan

New method for engineering human tissue regeneration


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement