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One year on, New Zealand mourns Christchurch quake victims

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Members of the public look on during a memorial service in Christchurch, New Zealand on Feb. 22, 2012, to mark the anniversary of the earthquake which killed 185 people.

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Two women embrace as people gather at Hagley Park in Christchurch for the memorial service.

The Associated Press reports from WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 10,000 New Zealanders stood in silence, some in tears, at a Christchurch park Wednesday while police officers and firefighters read out the names of all 185 people who died in a devastating earthquake one year ago.

The reading was followed by two minutes of silence at 12:51 p.m., the minute the magnitude-6.1 quake struck. It destroyed thousands of homes and much of downtown Christchurch, causing 30 billion dollars ($25 billion) in damage by the government's estimate.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker told the crowd that the city would never be the same again. He said people disagree about how the city should be rebuilt, but that one day it will again be a great place to live and work. Read the full story.

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A boy carries a bear as families arrive at Latimer Square ahead of the anniversary memorial.