CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand's prime minister says there are grave fears that some of the 226 people missing in an earthquake may not have survived the temblor that killed at least 98 people.
Hopes of finding more survivors in the collapsed downtown towers of New Zealand's quake-shattered Christchurch faded Thursday. Police say up to 120 bodies may still lie trapped in the tangled concrete and steel that was the Canterbury Television or CTV building. Dozens of students from Japan, Thailand, China and other Asian countries were believed buried when an English-language school collapsed along with other offices.
The damaged buildings in and around Christchurch number in the thousands.
Sixty-three-year-old teacher's assistant Kevin Fitzgerald says he "thought the devil was coming up out of the earth."