A minute silence today will mark 10 years since the Christchurch earthquake
It struck at 12.51 in the afternoon, at a magnitude of 6.2 - 10 kilometres south-east of the city and just five kilometres deep
185 people from more than 20 countries died - with more than half perishing in the CTV building.
A large crowd will gather today for a national memorial service to mark the tenth anniversary of Christchurch's earthquake.
It will be held at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, on the banks of the Avon River, downstream from the Montreal St bridge.
The service will include a minute’s silence at 12.51pm, the exact time the magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck.
Newstalk ZB reporter Tim Cronshaw was working for The Press at the time, and was on the top floor of their office when it collapsed. He joined Chris Lynch to discuss his memories from that day and his experiences surviving the collapse.