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Tragedy in Christchurch

I thought Christchurch, New Zealand was a lovely city when I visited in 2006. The beautiful stone cathedral in the center of the city was particularly striking. I took the photo on the right during that trip.

 

Today, that cathedral suffered major damage from a large earthquake that caused widespread destruction in Christchurch. The photo on the left shows the result of the quake, with the tower completely gone!

 

There will almost certainly be loss of life in Christchurch, in addition to the terrible physical damage to the city. What a tragic day for this stately city.

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Taken on February 21, 2011