Quake. Again.

This afternoon another large earthquake hit in Christchurch.  This time, it was shallower, the shaking was more violent, and people have died.

Lots of people are hurt, homeless, and frightened.  Some are still trapped in collapsed buildings.

There will be great stories of heroism, miraculous escapes, and heartwarming kindness to emerge in the next days and weeks.  They will comfort us in our sorrow and fear, and reassure us that people are basically decent creatures.  (I’m sure there will also be tales of looting and despicable behaviour, but they will be the minority).

Once again, we check our emergency supplies, make mental notes to improve our preparedness, talk with the children about what could, might, one day probably will happen here, and feel lucky that this time it didn’t.

My thoughts and love go out to those in Christchurch, especially the families of those hurt, trapped, or killed.

Some links:

NZ Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (quake updates) and preparedness

Red Cross NZ (donations)

Stuff.co.nz (news, pictures, video)

Geonet.org.nz (quake reports and maps)

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4 Responses to “Quake. Again.”

  1. Stimey Says:

    My heart goes out to everyone in Christchurch. So horrible.

  2. Susan @Whymommy Says:

    Absolutely. I hate it that these things happen.

  3. Melissa Says:

    It is just awful. My heart goes out to everyone affected and I hope that your family and friends are all ok.

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