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Prince William Tours New Zealand Quake Damage


Prince William (center) with members of the Urban Search and Rescue team in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2011

Prince William (center) with members of the Urban Search and Rescue team in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2011

Britain's Prince William visited the earthquake-damaged New Zealand city of Christchurch Thursday, where he said the scale of the devastation is "unbelievable."

Prince William toured the center of the city, which was hardest hit by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake last month. He saw damaged buildings and met with emergency crews.

The earthquake killed at least 166 people, and authorities say Christchurch sustained $11 billion in damage.

Prince William is set to travel Thursday to the town of Greymouth to meet with the families of 29 miners who were killed in a coal mine explosion last November.

He is scheduled to attend a memorial service for the earthquake victims in Christchurch on Friday before leaving to visit flood-damaged areas of Australia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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