Haunting pictures, captured by Civil Defence:
Source: Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). Licenced by MCDEM for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence.
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I lived in Christchurch for 2 years from 1960 – 62. I worked at Miller's, the big department store (famous for being the only one in the South Island with an escalator – people used to bring their kids to play on it in the holidays!) in their advertising department as a copywriter. I lived in the centre of the city. Breaks my heart now to see the devastation. Deepest sympathy to the people of Chch – you will overcome!
My god, the devastation still takes my breath away.
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