February 23rd, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Woman's rescue offers ray of hope in quake-ravaged New Zealand city

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A woman was pulled from earthquake ruins Wednesday in one of New Zealand's largest cities, bringing a rare ray of hope as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

Ann Bodkin took cover under her desk when the 6.3-magnitude quake struck Tuesday in Christchurch, killing at least 75 people. She had been trapped in her office building for 24 hours.

"The sun came out the moment she was removed from the building," Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. "It was like God turned on the lights."

Rescue workers applauded as Bodkin was pulled alive from the rubble of the Pyne Gould Corp. building in the central business district.

She was one of around 30 people rescued Wednesday from that building and the Canterbury Television building, the two blocks most severely damaged in the quake.

One woman who was trapped, Ann Voss, spoke to the media from her mobile phone beneath the rubble.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Hope the rescuers find more survivors including the school children from Japan. Their parents must be terribly worried; this isn't the sort of event you imagine when you send your child on a school trip.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm |