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Rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors of New Zealand's devastating earthquake, saying Thursday that no one trapped in rubble when the disaster struck nine days earlier could still be alive.
Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for any signs of life in the twisted rubble in the city of Christchurch, as New Zealand Prime Minister John Key declared the quake a national disaster and analysts estimated its cost at up to $12 billion.