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New Zealand falls silent to remember quake dead

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New Zealand falls silent to remember quake dead


New Zealanders on Tuesday remembered their fellow countrymen who lost their lives in last week’s deadly earthquake.

At 12:51 pm, the exact time the tremor struck Christchurch seven days ago, the country came to a standstill for a two-minute silence.

Some 155 people are known to have perished since last Tuesday.

Police now believe the death toll is likely to climb above 240, up from a previous estimate of more than 200.

Emergency crews, who have the grim task of sifting through the rubble to look for survivors or bodies of the dead, also briefly stopped work to pay their respects.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake brought down entire buildings and tore up roads, reducing much of the centre of New Zealand’s second city to ruins.

It is the country’s second worst natural disaster. A 1931 tremor killed 256 people.

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