Trapped

2/22/11

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Simon Baker / Reuters

The quake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, like a sledgehammer, buckling roads, toppling spires, flooding streets. Some workers trapped in high-rises had to be rescued with cranes; others shimmied out windows or were pulled from the rubble below.

The quake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, close to the surface at midday, cracking the city like a sledgehammer. Roads buckled, spires toppled, streets flooded. Some workers trapped in high-rises were rescued with cranes; others shimmied out windows or were pulled from the rubble below.