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New Zealand quake toll rises to 113 dead

Feb 25, 2011 10:50:00 AM - thestate.com
A woman plucked from a building that collapsed in this week's earthquake went ahead with her planned wedding Friday - a bright spot in Christchurch as the death toll rose to 113 and relatives anguished over the missing.

Emma Howard told local media she was determined not to let Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake derail her plans for the wedding, even after she spent more than five hours trapped in a tiny cavity between the collapsed floors of an office building that was completely destroyed.

She managed to text fiance Chris Greenslade, who was outside his office across town when the disaster struck and raced to find her. He dug through the debris of her building, pulling others free as he tried to reach Howard, then helped direct the rescue crews that eventually found her, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The couple were all smiles as they exited the Christ of the King Church on Friday - she in a white strapless dress with a large bow at the back, he in a dark suit and maroon tie - posing briefly for photographs before jumping in a car and heading off.

"I'm fortunate that everybody who we invited will be there," Howard told Radio New Zealand earlier Friday. In fact, extra workmates and friends were flying in from around the country to join the party, she said.

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