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Quake-hit cathedral beyond repair

An iconic cathedral in Christchurch must be demolished because earthquakes damaged it beyond repair, Anglican church officials in New Zealand have said.

ChristChurch Cathedral is the city's best-known building, but its spire collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people and destroyed many other downtown buildings.

Officials had thought part of the building could be saved, but they said that recent aftershocks caused even more damage.

Bishop Victoria Matthews said the new cathedral will have a different design. She said up to 10 feet of the existing cathedral's base will be kept, possibly for use as a prayer garden.

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