Category: World / February 22, 2013 9:25 AM EST
Two years after the tragic earthquake that hit Christchurch in New Zealand, the country remembers and mourns in a public memorial for the 185 people that lost their lives and the central business district that was destroyed. The huge crowd gathered as some cried others held on to each other remembering a day of fear and heartbreak.
John Key the Prime Minister of New Zealand addressed the victims and their families and friends who were affected by the six story building collapse and consequent fire.
“I know that this is a very difficult day for you. Your grief is still raw and only time can help numb the pain of your loss. This city and this country continues to feel for you,"
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch and more than 6500 people were injured in addition to the lives lost. The victims included people from all over the world not just New Zealanders.
Video Courtesy OF Reuters