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Newsline: Wellington Thai Embassy staff forced to flee

Staff at the Thai Embassy in Wellington evacuated with only the clothes on their back amid panic a nearby Molesworth St building could collapse at any moment. Diplomats and staff were hustled out of their embassy, which doubles as a home for some, with emergency workers telling them a building opposite theirs could collapse any minute. Their concern followed the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck North Canterbury on Monday, which rattled the capital and caused massive damage to the South Island landscape, including cutting off highway access to Kaikoura.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/86513755/wellington-thai-embassy-staff-forced-to-flee-livein-offices-due-to-damaged-molesworth-st-building

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