Ardern leads tributes on NZ quake anniversary


A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011, killing 185 people and crumpling office buildings. It also sparked a long-drawn process to rebuild. – EPA pic, February 22, 2021.

PRIME Minister Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to victims of the Christchurch earthquake today as New Zealand paused to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster that claimed 185 lives.

Thousands gathered at a memorial service in the South Island city and marked a minute’s silence at 12.51pm, the precise time the shallow 6.3-magnitude quake hit.


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