Phil Keoghan reports from earthquake-damaged Christchurch

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is from New Zealand, and grew up near Christchurch, the city hit hard by an earthquake one week ago. More than 150 people died, and that earthquake followed another large one last fall.

Phil returned to Christchurch after the earthquake and produced this report for CBS’ Early Show (which misspelled his last name as “Koeghan” on-screen, and in a second genius move, disabled embedding but not the obnoxious advertisement on the YouTube version–why wouldn’t you want people to share this video?).

In it, he says that the best thing people can do is go to New Zealand. He says that the earthquake affected “a very, very small part of New Zealand” and “we just can’t afford a second hit of people who stop coming to this country.” So, go buy a plane ticket.

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