In addition to all the death and destruction we’ve been reporting in our news reports (see the latest here), the earthquake on Tuesday in Christchurch, New Zealand has caused significant damage to the city’s two cathedrals, especially to their trademark spires.

Here are pictures by Reuters photographer Simon Baker of the damage to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Roman Catholic) and Christchurch Cathedral (Anglican), with pre-quake pictures below them.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament: CC cathedral 1

(Rubble outside the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch February 24, 2011/Simon Baker)

. CC cathedral 2

(A closer look at the Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, showing where steeple fell, February 24, 2011/Simon Baker )

Here is the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament before the quake: CC cathedral 1a

(Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 5th June 2005/Greg O'Beirne)

More pictures of the destruction on the Catholic blog Transalpine Redemptorists at home.