The jackhammers fell silent, church bells pealed, and a Maori lament filled the air as New Zealand came to a standstill today to mourn the estimated 240 people killed in an earthquake one week ago Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

Flags were lowered to half-staff and people gathered in groups in cities and towns to bow their heads for two minutes of silence at 12:51 p.m., the moment when the quake struck Christchurch.

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