Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Another massive earthquake strikes Christchurch, middle of business day

A 6.3 earthquake hit an already nervous Christchurch, late this morning, New Zealand time.

Since the September 7.1 quake, there have been over 4,800 after quakes, many over 4.0. Reports suggest there have been fatalities this time, unlike the September quake, as occurred during daylight and on a business day. Whole buildings have this time collapsed with workers inside.

I've tried multiple times to telephone my mother, brothers and his family, but no phone lines are operating. Mum lives on the coast at New Brighton, so I have to assume, will be away from the worst of the city damage.

The iconic Christchurch Cathedral in the center of the city has been largely destroyed, as this quake was centered close to the CBD. There are a series of aftershocks still occurring.

6 comments:

Syd Walker said...

I hope all your family are safe Mike.

MG said...

heres hoping everyone in the city is ok

Leigh Dall'Osto said...

I was quite shocked to realise today how many friends I have with connections to NZ. Nearly all are from Christchurch. I have been thinking of you today Mike and I hope that your family are all fine and well, although I am sure they are not without emotional wounds. It has been a devastating 6 months in that area and this latest event will fracture any form of safety the residents were starting to feel. I hope that they cater to the psychological wounds as much as they will to the physical in the months ahead.

Jude said...

Just hope all your family and friends are safe and well Mike.

hayduke said...

Thinking of you today Mike, hope your family and friends are okay. An awful day for New Zealand: all our thoughts are with your countrymen.

Vickie said...

Any word yet Mike? I'm thinking of all my NZ friends and hoping their families are safe. Waiting is always the worst part.