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NZ marks 1st anniv. of Christchurch quake

02-22-2012 09:19 BJT

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New Zealanders are marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake Wednesday, with Prime Minister John Key describing the disaster that claimed 185 lives as "one of our darkest days".

Families of the dead joined emergency workers in the city's ruined Latimer Square for a memorial service, led by John Key. Key said the earthquake wreaked havoc on an unimaginable scale in New Zealand's second largest city, changing it forever.

Large areas of the business district are still off limits after the quake, which toppled the city's famous cathedral, as well as shops, office buildings and homes.

New Zealanders are marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake Wednesday.

Key reiterated the government's determination to rebuild the South Island city.

New Zealand also marked two minutes' silence at the moment the deadly earthquake hit.

New Zealanders are marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake Wednesday.

New Zealanders are marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake Wednesday.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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