Canterbury TV reduced to rubble

SYDNEY — Aftershocks are still sending fear through the New Zealand city of Christchurch four days after the fatal 6.3 magnitude earthquake levelled the town center killing more than a 100 people with hundreds more still missing.

An aftershock of 4.4 rippled through the town Friday, while rescuers continued to search the rubble for survivors.

No film or TV productions have been affected by the massive quake including “The Hobbit,” which begins production at the end of March, but the local Canterbury Television (CTV) building in the center of the city collapsed. Initially there were reports that a pocket of survivors were inside the rubble but soon after rescue services said no one could survive inside the ruins.

The CTV building is near the Grand Chancellor, a 20-story hotel that has been severely destablized by the quake. There are fears the Chancellor will fall and take down nearby buildings, but mayor Bob Parker said, “Clearly there needs to be some kind of resolution.” That may mean going in and bringing the building down which would cause further devastation to the city.

The quake was the second to hit the town in five months after a temblor registering 7.1 hit in September.

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