New Zealand tries to identify remaining quake victims
The February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed nearly 200 people.
May 15th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

New Zealand tries to identify remaining quake victims

There remain unidentified victims from the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and on Monday a three-day investigation will begin in the hopes of naming those people. Police have identified 172 of the 181 victims killed in the 6.3-magnitude disaster, but there are still nine victims whose names should be registered and death certificates issued, according to the New Zealand Herald. Police have not been able to match the names of the missing with the remains, the newspaper reports.

Watch a March 3 video of the ferocious winds and other bad weather that hampered rescue attempts after the quake.

The New Zealand earthquake, the devastating March earthquake in Japan, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake have prompted the question: Why can't seismologists predict earthquakes?  Researchers say prediction is a tough nut to crack. "To make the kind of accurate, short-term predictions people want, one would need to identify a reliable precursor - some signal that we could observe that tells us that a big quake is imminent," writes Susan E. Hough, a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and a science writer.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT

    is there 9 people still on the missing persons list? they should be able to subtract the identified people and have a closer guess as to who the 9 left are..

    May 15, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. popeye

    You would think but who knows! Hey RuffNutt where's every one ?

    May 15, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    not sure... i hope the troll didn't get them...

    altho.. i feel like the troll is watching at all times... l;uckly i have a 'ring of troll detection'

    May 15, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    I'm guessing it's difficult because some of the victims may not have been reported missing. Sometimes people fall between the cracks, unfortunately.

    @ Ruffie:
    Did you get your ring from a box of "Lucky Charms"?

    Hi, popeye.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Blah! These blahgs ar dull today!

    May 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    *are*

    May 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    I HAVE A ring that my old friend gandolph gave me.. my precious... i love my ring...

    May 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ....ya mean the precious ring around around your bathtub...be more selective when picking your bathing buddies...

      May 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Gandolph is a good old guy. Lord, I need a Ring!

    May 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I hear RU looking for new bathtub buddy!

      May 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • popeye

      Hey banasy sorry been busy with the gay troll trying to push his same gender love on everyone else !

      May 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IKHAN

    Excuse me. Do you speak Farcey?

    May 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brian

    Farsi, you mean?

    May 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IKHAN

    Salam Brian.

    May 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. popeye

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    May 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |