At 12:51 New Zealanders are being asked to observe two minute’s silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
Prime Minister John Key said:
“This may be New Zealand’s single most tragic event.
“I am calling on all New Zealanders to stop and remember those who have lost their lives, those who are missing, and the hundreds of people who are mourning family and friends.”
The quake struck on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12.51pm.
“At 12.51pm this Tuesday, the 1st of March, I am asking that New Zealand stops for two minutes as a sign of unity for the people of Canterbury who are enduring a tragedy beyond what most of us can imagine.
“Canterbury will recover and we will do all we can to ensure it does.
“For now we must do all we can to show its people that all of New Zealand grieves with them.”
The tragedy has touched all corners of the country.
This will be an opportunity to remember and reflect.
The rescue and recovery effort will continue. It will need all of us to help in whatever way we can.
Ater the observation of silence one way we can do that is by carrying on as normal, even though normal will never be what it was before the quake struck at 12:51 on Tuesday February 22.