Christchurch marks five years since the devastating earthquake that killed 185 people

Christchurch marks five years since the devastating earthquake that killed 185 people

Christchurch marks five years since the devastating earthquake that killed 185 people

Written by Staff Writer

22 Feb, 2016 | 4:01 pm

Christchurch in New Zealand on Monday (February 22) marked the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake which killed 185 people.

Hundreds gathered for a ceremony in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and listened to music and speeches.

The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dialziel stated that they need to be mindful about their traumatic experience as it may take alot more time to heal.

Mourners observed one minute’s silence at 12.51PM, the exact time the quake struck, following the service people threw flowers into the Avon River which flows through Christchurch.

Relatives of the dead and those who were seriously injured attended the service as well as the first responders and emergency workers who helped in the aftermath.

Victims of the earthquake were from Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, USA and the UK. More than 6500 people were injured when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck the city.

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