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22 February 2011

Christchurch NZ

"Residents are reporting bodies lying in the streets of Christchurch following this afternoon's magnitude 6.3 earthquake.
Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings. Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has declared a state of emergency.
Christchurch resident Jaydn Katene told the Herald: "We've had friends in town call us and say there are just bodies lying around; lots of dead bodies outside shops just lying there just covered in bricks.
When it hit we were knocked to our feet. Everything in the house fell down, nothing was left still standing. There's more damage than the first earthquake, the roads are completely torn up; sewage coming up and flooding. It's crazy.
The elderly are all crying. The next-door neighbours around us were all bawling their eyes out, it was horrible. People can't get out of their houses," said Mr Katene.
We've seen cars halfway sunken into the road. We've heard there's a bus which is sunken halfway into the road just around the corner. Buildings are half-collapsed everywhere. It smells horrible. The roads are packed with cars. There aren't enough police or ambulances. Houses are all collapsing. It's pretty shocking; a total warzone."

There is nothing I can say about this - sympathy to all in Christchurch, and the hope that no family of any of our blogpals have had loss or harm. I am house-sitting for someone who went to NZ at dawn today and hope he is in Wellington and safe. We are all clinging to a hurtling ball of molten rock, and should never forget it.

12 comments:

  1. should have included that the photograph is from the Twitter of Tess Woolcock.

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  2. This is horrific. My heart goes out to all in the area.

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  3. Just terrible. I check my Blog Reader in the mornings and it was your post that alerted me to the quake.

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  4. This is awful, I've just seen the stories on our local news.

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  5. I'm devastated by this. Someone said this is a year of disasters and it's only February, man made and otherwise. It's terrifying.

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  6. Your last sentence is very salient. We really do need to remember this.

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  7. The problem was that buildings damaged by the first quake hadn't had time to be strengthened.
    The ring of fire around the Pacific is raising the bar for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

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  8. Couldn't believe it when I saw it. A couple of blogpals live in the area - can only send positive energy their way as the horror unfolds.

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  9. I'm still stunned. Since the last quake my best friend's two daughter's had both moved to Chch, so there was some tense time til the word got out that they were safe. A friend of my sister worked on the 1st floor of the PGG building, injured but fortunately seen on TV being carried out within hours of the quake. He'll be in hospital for at least 6 weeks but probably in another part of the country because the hospital is full. Am not sure how that works for his wife and kids, nor the state of their home that was damaged but livable after the September quake (and were still waiting for repairs to start). Though there's less dramatic loss of life beyond the CBD, so many houses have been lost and those that are still habitable often have no water, power, sewerage and it will stay that way for quite a while.

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  10. This is so horrific a tragedy; it's hard to know what to do or what to say other than I hope that the rescue efforts continue without the ghoulish media who decided to fly out from Australia to cover the event.

    The aeroplane seats would have been better filled with search experts, Red Cross reps and counsellors.

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  11. This, and all the other tragedies we (the world) have experienced this year makes my heart hurt and my eyes leak.

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  12. am having minor canniptions at the moment. A newish friend of mine told me last week; am going to New Zealand; out of contact, be back on the 27th. Gah, which island?

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