New Zealand city marks 5 years since quake which killed 185

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Five years after the devastating earthquake, the ravaged city center is still largely an empty core, and it’s unclear how long it will remain that way.

Five years after the devastating earthquake, the ravaged city center is still largely an empty core, and it’s unclear how long it will remain that way. (Photo: AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of people in Christchurch have gathered to commemorate the fifth anniversary of an earthquake which killed 185 people.

One message made by the speakers Monday at the botanical gardens service was that while New Zealand's second-largest city has come a long way since the devastating magnitude-6.1 quake, there is still much more to be done.

Speakers also mentioned the disquiet they felt when the region was rattled again last week by an earthquake, one of the strongest since 2011. That quake knocked items from shelves and triggered rock falls but didn't cause major damage.

Emergency responders and officials representing more than a dozen foreign nations were among those who read out the names of each of the victims who died in the earthquake on Feb. 22, 2011.

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