Thursday, February 24, 2011

Devastation

As you would have heard by now one of our beautiful cities, Christchurch, has been devastated by a major earthquake, less than six months after experiencing another major one.


Photo by Getty Images
So far there have been 71 deaths confirmed, and hundreds are still trapped in collapsed buildings or are missing.

Photo by Reuters
Our country has declared a national emergency, and the nation is in shock. Offers for help have come in from around the world with several hundred Urban rescuers from many countries helping with the search and recovery.
My family and I live many miles from Christchurch, up in the North Island, so we didn't even feel the earthquake. My parents have friends who were holidaying in the city and went through the horrible ordeal but we are blessed that they are now home safe.
Our hearts and prayers are with everyone.

20 comments:

trillium said...

I'm sure people everywhere are thinking of your countrymen.

I really like your French Country Butterfly and the pink knitted fingerless mitts. very pretty!

Bronwyn said...

A tragedy for Christchurch.
Last time I was there in 2006 I loved visiting the arts precinct and bought some hand dyed thread there.

Kerry said...

Our prayers are with you all, how far are you from Christchurch?
Stay safe.

Missy said...

Prayers for NZ. The pictures of devastation are gut wrenching.

Stephanie (Joie deBayou) said...

Glad to know you are okay.

I will keep Christchurch in my prayers.

Mary said...

I keep Christchurch and any surrounding are that was affected in my prayers. I am glad you are on the North Island and that your parents' friends made it home safely from there.

nutmegg said...

I'm very sad for my Kiwi friends sending love and best wished from Oz....xoxo

Marlene said...

We are all thinking of every one trapped, working to rescue or waiting for news of missing people. It's a terrible time for you all. You are in our hearts.

Lynn said...

We have all been watching the news here and our prayers are with the people of your country. I'm glad to hear that you and your family are alright.

♥ Nia said...

I'm far away but I watched on the news.. =/
Glad to know you're ok and your family is safe!

Nicole said...

It's terrible! I've been listening to the news about it and it's so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Rhona said...

The pictures are shocking.
Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this.

Carol said...

Oh, this is such a tragedy for Christchurch...The photos we've been seeing on the evening news are just devastating. Please know your fellow New Zealanders are in our thoughts and prayers...

Laura said...

So frightening. Glad you and your loved ones are safe and prayers for all who are not.

Natalia said...

So terrible !! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

PegC said...

My prayers have been for those waiting to be rescued and those rescuing--for the healing of their minds and bodies.

Angela said...

I am from Southern California. A good bit of my hometown was demolished in a 6.0 quake when I was 7 years old. I remember it well- I was on the schoolbus and terrified. It was my first major quake. More would come later as I grew older, but the feeling of helplessness... you can never outgrow that.

We can do little about Earthquakes other than to be prepared and to help those who need it after the quake. They just happen and they are scary and random. They are no one's fault. Sending my best wishes to you and your countrymen.

Kathy A. said...

I am happy that you and your family. What a terrible tragedy for your fellow countrymen.
I hope that you all recover and that no further quakes shake the country.

Anne S said...

The first night it happened I was at work until really late - but the first thing I did was hunt through the TV channels when I got home so I can watch the news, and sat stunned and in tears watching it all unfold ... just dreadful and heartbreaking :(

Mrs Dibble said...

The lovely people of Christchurch.....they will rebuild.....I posted some pictures of the cathedral I took several years ago when I and some friends of mine walked the Queen Charlotte Track....the cathedral will rise again as will Christchurch!!!!!

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