One year ago today we all heard the news that there had been a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. 185 people died and many were injured or displaced. Across the ditch, we hung on the news reports of rescues and the visions of the bravery of rescuers.
Christchurch and its surrounds have always been on shaky ground, and in the last year there have been regular tremors (more than 5000), including another large quake just before christmas, keeping the population on their toes.
Over 1400 buildings, homes and businesses, needed to be partially or totally demolished due to damage after the 2011 quake and some places have been abandoned altogether. Rebuilding has begun in the city, but at a slow pace due to the ongoing shakes.
Two minutes of silence will be observed at 12:51 New Zealand local time today, the time the quake hit, and afterward some of the people who helped in various ways at the time will be presented with awards.
The people of Christchurch and the other affected areas will always remember the events of that day, but they are nevertheless going on with the business of living in their beautiful place.