A 'moderate' earthquake gave Cantabrians an early morning
wake-up call on the second anniversary of New Zealand's worst
The magnitude-3.7 aftershock, centred 10km east of
Christchurch, woke some residents up to start a day
remembering the death and destruction caused by the vicious
magnitude-6.3 jolt that killed 185 people on February 22,
Some memorial events have already taken place across the
recovering city this morning ahead of the main civic memorial
event at noon in Latimer Square, near the CTV Building
collapse site, where 115 people died.
Hundreds of flowers have been thrown into city waterways as
part of the River of Flowers event, which locals use to to
pay their respects to the fallen and injured and to reflect
on the tumultuous last two years.
Workplaces, schools and races at Riccarton Park Raceway will
stop for a moment's silence at 12.51pm, the time the
magnitude-6.3 quake struck.
A two-minutes silence will be observed at several public
places across the city, including at a memorial service,
Avonside Remembers, at Wainoni Methodist Church.
The poignant pause will also occur at the one-hour civic
remembrance in Latimer Square which was used as a makeshift
triage centre on February 22.
Bereaved family members and seriously injured survivors will
be joined by guests including Prime Minister John Key,
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, politicians, senior officials
from the emergency services, and dignitaries from Japan,
Philippines, Israel, Turkey, Canada, China, UK, Taiwan, USA
The service will open with a mihi whakatau Maori welcome,
followed by the national anthem, a welcome from Mr Parker,
readings and hymns, and conclude with a blessing from
Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews of the quake-damaged Christ
Afterwards, people will able to place floral tributes at a
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ