The latest phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes starts today investigating the deaths of people killed from individual building collapses on February 22.
The hearing will investigate the collapses of several two-storey unreinforced masonry buildings in Christchurch which failed in the fatal magnitude-6.3 quake, killing those inside as well as passers-by.
Three buildings will come under the spotlight today, beginning with 593 Colombo St - the shop of Southern Ink Tattoo.
Tattooist Matthew Stuart McEachen, 25, died when he was hit by falling masonry, causing severe head injuries, as he tried to escape the building.
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American tourist Rachel Conley, 27, was also crushed to death while leaving the parlour after making an appointment.
Structural engineers, property management firms, building tenants and Christchurch City Council will also present evidence during the latest phase of the hearing, which is due to last four days.