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Major international rescue effort after New Zealand quake

Updated On: Feb 23, 2011

Teams from the US, Singapore, the UK, Australia and Japan are set to join New Zealand rescuers combing through collapsed buildings in Christchurch, where a 6.3 magnitude earthquake killed at least 75 people. Some fear that hundreds could still be trapped beneath rubble.

Singapore has sent a team of 55 disaster recovery specialists and has donated a contingent of military personnel which was already on site. Over 200 more specialists from the US, UK, Japan and Australia are due to arrive shortly. Taiwan has also offered assistance. 

World races to aid N. Zealand quake rescue [AFP, 23 Feb 2011]