Cantabrians gather for minute of silence to mark nine years since deadly quake

Cantabrians gathered today to mark the ninth anniversary of the February earthquake.

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One hundred and eighty five people were killed in the quake. Source: 1 NEWS

A minute of silence was held at 12:51pm the exact time the magnitude 6.3 quake struck.

185 people were killed and thousands more injured, with massive damage done to the region.

The remembrance comes on the eve of a long-awaited apology from the Christchurch City Council.

Tomorrow the Christchurch mayor will make a formal apology to those whose loved ones died or were seriously injured as a result of building collpses or falling masonry.

Today on social media, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed her condolences and thanked those who had helped rebuild the city.

"Thinking of everyone in Canterbury as we mark nine years since the devastating earthquake that took lives, homes and so much of the city. And to all those who have helped to rebuild people and place ever since - thank you," she said.