December 12, 2017

NZ stops for two minutes to remember Earthquake victims

Too many and too young, but we are with you.

New Zealand will come to a stand still today, Tuesday, at 12.51pm, nzt, for two minutes silence to remember the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

It is exactly one week on from the devastating tremor that has so far claimed 154 lives and up to 80 more people still missing in the rubble.

NZ Prime Minister John Key had called for the natonal observance of two minutes silence to honour the victims and show solidarity with the living.

John Key and wife Bronagh were in Christchurch to observe the silence at the heart of shattered city, where rescue workers were also set to pause in their work to remember the earthquake victims.

Christcurch City Mayor Bob Parker says today will be “massively emotional” as people stop to remember quake victims.

“Emotion will gush to the surface,” he told TVNZ. “It will be the first time that a lot of people will have stopped. Being together will be powerful, and wherever we are we need to stand together as one.”

Special church services are being held around the country and there are planed gatherings in many town squares.

More than 50,000 people have fled Christchurch since the earthquake struck and the exodus shows no sign of abating.