On February 22nd 2011 at 12.51pm (NZDT), an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Christchurch, New Zealand, causing the deaths of 185 people.
These postcards are from the album of my grandmother, Agnes Majella (Burke) Gaffaney, who was born, raised and buried in Christchurch.
Roman Catholic Cathedral, Christchurch, NZ 7582
Cathedral Square, Christchurch, NZ 7869
Worcester Street, from Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 7875
Aerial View, Christchurch, NZ 7125 "National Publicity Studios Photo"
Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand (date unknown)
Prime Minister John Key has requested a two-minute silence around New Zealand to show respect for those fallen and affected by the Christchurch earthquake.
This may be New Zealand’s single most tragic event.
I am calling on 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.
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.
For those overseas wanting to participate in sync with New Zealand, find out your time so you can be in silence with us.
Before and after the Christchurch earthquake – images of some of the city’s iconic buildings.