• NZ ships ‘shellshocked’ quake tourists to safety


    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: There were tears and hugs in New Zealand ON Thursday as “shellshocked” tourists who were stranded for days by a massive 7.8 earthquake finally disembarked safely from a warship. The HMNZS Canterbury docked just outside Christchurch carrying about 450 holidaymakers, who gingerly made their way down the ship’s gangplanks in the darkness clutching suitcases and backpacks. They were the last of about 1,000 travelers trapped in the disaster zone when Monday’s tremor devastated parts of the South Island coast and killed two people. “They’re a little bit shellshocked over the last few days,” the ship’s commander Simon Rooke told Radio NZ as it steamed away from the seaside town of Kaikoura, which bore the brunt of the tremor.



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