Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews Feb. 25 surveys heavily damaged Christchurch Cathedral.
After the February quake
Helen Gray (left) with Bishops Victoria Matthews and John Gray and Dean Peter Beck after the February quake.
Urban search-and-rescue team walks inside Christchurch Cathedral
A member of an urban search-and-rescue team walks inside Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb. 28. Christchurch was hit by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake on Feb. 22, causing major damage to the central city and surrounding suburbs.
A crane removes one side of the wall
A crane removes one side of the wall of Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 4 to allow urban search and rescue teams to recover bodies of people still believed to be inside the building. No bodies were subsequently found. Christchurch was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Feb. 22, causing loss of life and major damage to the central city and surrounding suburbs.
Prince William inspects the earthquake damage
Britain's Prince William inspects the earthquake damage March 17 at the Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prince William participated in the national memorial service held in that city March 18.
The rose window
The rose window above the main entrance to Christchurch Cathedral is ruined. It is immediately next to cathedral's tower that formed the base of the spire which toppled in the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 earthquake.
Stand in front
Christchurch Cathedral Dean Peter Beck, left; Archbishop David Moxon, one of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia's three co-presiding bishops and Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews stand in front of earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral Feb. 25.
Tons of masonry lay strewn
Tons of masonry lay strewn around the base of earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral's tower (at right).
A crane waits
A crane waits Feb. 25 to move on to the site of earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral.
The wrecked tower
Structural engineers and urban search and rescue worker work from a basket raised by a crane Feb. 25 to examine the wrecked tower of earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral and explore the possibility of attempting to go down into the tower.
Christchurch Cathedral as it appeared before the Feb. 22 earthquake toppled its famous spire. As many as 22 tourists who were climbing the tower at the time are believed to lie crushed in the ruins.