Text messages from the rubble in New Zealand

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Posted: Feb 25, 2011 5:38 AM
Text messages from the rubble in New Zealand

A chronology of cell phone communication between Louise Amantillo, missing in the rubble of a quake-collapsed building in New Zealand, and her parents in the Philippines as dictated by her mother, Linda Amantillo.

Feb. 22

12:51 p.m. _ Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Louise texts:

1:50 p.m. _ "Mommy, I got buried."

2:31 p.m. _ "Mommy, I can't move my right hand."

Between 2:31 and 2:39 _ Louise manages a brief cell phone call to say: "Mommy, it's painful already. Please help me, please have me rescued." Linda Amantillo passes the phone to the girl's father, Alexander Amantillo, but the signal is cut before he hears anything. The mother later says that "Her voice was shaking, like she was really scared. I know she was in pain."

Louise texts:

2:39 p.m. _ "I got pinned. I'm hurt in this position."

2:45 p.m. _ "I have not yet been rescued. It's painful already."

2:52 p.m. _ "It's still shaking. I'm pinned."

3:08 p.m. _ "There is no rescue in my area."

3:10 p.m. _ "The smoke is overwhelming."

Between 3:10 and 3:29 _ Louise's parents send a text: "Where were you trapped?"

Louise texts.

3:29 p.m. _ "Right side CTV area."

3:29 p.m. _ "Right facing Madras St."

3:32 p.m. _ "Cor. Madras St. and Chassel St. Please make it quick."

Later Tuesday _ Linda Amantillo tries to call her daughter but there is only a recorded response asking caller to leave a message.