According to a CNN report, Ann Bodkin took cover under her desk when the 6.3-magnitude quake struck Tuesday in Christchurch, New Zealand. Twenty-four hours later she was pulled from the rubble and became a symbol of hope to find more survivors. She was one of about 30 people rescued Wednesday from that building and the Canterbury Television building, the two blocks most severely damaged in the quake.
"The sun came out the moment she was removed from the building," Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. "It was like God turned on the lights."
The earthquake has killed at least 75 people and is the latest in a series of quakes that have hit the small-island nation in the last six months.
Hundreds are still missing, Prime Minister John Key said. Among them are 10 Japanese students and teachers believed to be trapped at a local college. The group, which was visiting the city, was eating lunch when the earthquake struck.
"This is just heartbreaking," Key said. "This may be New Zealand's darkest day."