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New Zealand earthquake building finally demolished

Sunday, August 05, 2012 - 00:35

Aug. 5 Christchurch authorities implode a building damaged in the city's devastating 2011 earthquake in the first of a series of planned demolitions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT -- NO REPORTER NARRATION) New Zealand authorities on Sunday imploded the Radio Network Building after it was damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. Six-year-old Jayden Halliwell, a cancer patient from the city of Queenstown, had the honour of pressing the button to detonate the the 63 kilograms of explosives that brought down the 14-story building. It is the first building in New Zealand to be imploded and the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority plans to demolish other damaged buildings the same way as it is faster and more cost effective than other methods. The 2011 earthquake was a magnitude 6.3 and killed 185 people causing massive damage to New Zealand's second biggest city.

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New Zealand earthquake building finally demolished

Sunday, August 05, 2012 - 00:35