Four days after the magnitude-6.3 Canterbury quake that shook Christchurch, destroying significant areas of the city, rescue operations in the central business district are almost complete except for the zone around the 26-story Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is leaning and near collapse. Photo: Directrooms.com The Grand Chancellor Hotel, shown before the earthquake, is in danger of collapse. The city has cordoned off the area around the hotel, say Christchurch city officials. Built in 1986 and operated by Grand Hotels International, the concrete-framed building is 85 m tall, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. If the structure
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