01 Mar '11, 1am

NZ observed two minutes of silence for victims of the Christchurch earthquake, which left more than 240 dead & missing

NZ observed two minutes of silence for victims of the Christchurch earthquake, which left more than 240 dead & missing

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (centre) stands beside his wife Bronagh and other invited guests in front of the 'Art Gallery' during a two minute silence in Christchurch. -- PHOTO: AFP CHRISTCHURCH (New Zealand) - NEW ZEALAND fell silent for two minutes on Tuesday to honour victims of the Christchurch earthquake, exactly one week after the disaster left more than 240 people dead and missing. At 12.51pm (2351 GMT, 7.51am Singapore time), the moment seven days ago that a 6.3-magnitude quake devastated New Zealand's second largest city, the entire country stopped in sombre tribute. 'We remember at this time all those who died as a result of the February 22 earthquake,' Christchurch's Anglican Dean Peter Beck said, recalling the tremor that toppled the spire of his cathedral, entombing up to 22 people. As flags flew at half mast around the country, Prime Minister John Key...

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