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One Year On, New Zealand Mourns Quake Victims

February 22, 2012 by staff 

One Year On, New Zealand Mourns Quake Victims, Some 90 people from Japan were in Christchurch, New Zealand Wednesday for the first anniversary of a deadly earthquake that took the lives of 185, including 28 Japanese, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Family and friends of 24 of the Japanese victims, who all died when the CTV building collapsed, were among some 85,000 participants in a government-sponsored ceremony and offered a moment of silence.

They also went to the site of the collapsed building, most of them apparently for the first time, and offered flowers and took photos in front of the site, which is now cleared of rubble but still closed to prevent another possible disaster during aftershocks. Some covered their faces with handkerchiefs.

When the families rushed to the city on South Island upon hearing the news of the magnitude 6.3 quake a year ago, they were unable to approach the site for safety reasons.

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