26 February, 2011
NZ asked to observe silence for Canterbury
Prime Minister John Key has asked that all of New Zealand observes two minutes’ silence for the victims of Canterbury’s devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
“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.”