The clock struck 12-51pm on Feb 22 2011, the very time the deadly earthquake struck Christchurch during lunchtime and 185 people were killed in the ensuing destruction. At 6.3 it wasn’t as powerful as the 7.1 which struck early in the morning in October 2010, but it was shallower and at a time workers, shoppers, pedestrians and tourists were out and about in the city centre.
Today at the same time two years later people attended a number of memorial services around the city. After a nearby civic memorial service in Latimer Square, the site of a triage centre after the great quake, people moved along the 100 metres to the empty concrete area that was once the site of the CTV building to pay their respects to the 115 victims who perished there after the six floor building collapsed on them. A total of 185 people were killed in the 2013 earthquake – people of 20 different nationalities – many young Japanese students of a foreign students school within the CTV building.
A sign was posted on a nearby security fence: “Our hearts and thoughts are with you today.”