Wellington Disaster struck Christchurch at noon: Ten years ago, a violent earthquake rocked the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. At the memorial ceremony, the foreign victims were mainly remembered.
New Zealand remembered the victims of the Great Christchurch earthquake ten years ago on Monday. A flag was placed on Parliament and other public buildings in the middle of the mast. The names of the victims were read at the ceremony and a minute of silence.
An earthquake killed 185 people in the largest city on the South Island, Pacific state, on February 22, 2011. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.2.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remembered 87 foreign victims, whose relatives may not be able to attend the celebration due to travel restrictions with Corona. “Our flags are flying half mast for them too,” she said.
Meanwhile, she recalled the tremendous consequences of the earthquake and said that ten years later, many people are still living their daily lives within that day. Even if the past decade has been difficult for Christchurch, there is “hope, energy, and optimism” for the next decade.
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