23:15 A powerful 6.8 earthquake has rocked central Myanmar, only hours after the 6.2 earthquake that shook Italy.

21:55 Dozens of people have been killed in Italy's devastating 6.2 quake, with search efforts to free buried people underway.

21:12 Fire-staff are still fighting to extinguish a blaze that has claimed a life in Fielding.

17:24 Daybreak in Italy has revealed the extent of the devastation following a powerful earthquake in the central region of the country.

17:22 A man has been taken to Christchurch Hospital after being crushed by a digger at a worksite in Mt Pleasant shortly after three o'clock.

Wed, 30 May 2012

The familes of the Pike River miners have given up the fight to retrieve the bodies of their men

The decision was made at a meeting in Greymouth last night - family spokesman Bernie Monk told RadioLIVE about how this difficult decision was made. Bernie says that if they had the information they received last night from Solid Energy, this decision would have been made 14 months ago. 31 May 2012

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