Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Major Earthquake hits Christchurch, NZ

It was a very sad afternoon here in New Zealand when our 2nd largest city was hit again by a major earthquake 6.3 magnitude at 12.51pm.  Although not as large as the one in Sept 2010, this one was nearer the CBD and much shallower and has caused more major damage in the central city and at present a death toll of 65 with more expected.  This is the sort of thing we think of as happening elsewhere..... not in our backyard.  Christchurch is know as the "Garden City".... it is very beautiful and serene........ but no more!





 Just devastating.... There have been a total of over  4857 earthquakes since Sept 4 2010. People were just coming to terms with rebuilding and feeling a little better but this has put them back to square one....  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone done there..... please can you do the same....

And thank you to those of you who have enquired that I am ok.... much appreciated that you thought of me.... we are lucky to live quite a way North....

Take care

17 comments:

paula said...

Dawn I was so upset when I saw the news tonight. They've been broadcasting what happened in Christchurch non-stop all afternoon. I am so relieved that you & your family are ok & am thinking of all those less fortunate. Keep your chin up & sending lots of hugs xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Sanne said...

Heard about it in the news this morning - feeling so sorry for you - glad you and your family are okay Dawn ;)

Heather Maria said...

Dawn, I couldn't believe it when I heard the dreadful news this morning. I'm glad you and your family are safe. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there. I hadn't realised there had been so many earthquakes in New Zealand since 2010.

~amy~ said...

I am so glad that you and your family are okay...that is totally horrible...

Barb said...

Such devastation. . .my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the earthquake, Dawn. So good to know you (and Sue) are alright! Sending hugs to you. . .

Isha said...

Oh Dawn, couldn't believe when I read this...I was going to mail you but saw your blog post. I am glad you are fine.I am praying for everyone there and I hope this time the aftershocks are not strong.
Hugs

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Dawn
So glad you are OK, my thoughts are with you.
Hugs
Sallyx

donna mikasa said...

My thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the horrible earthquake and aftershocks. I thought of you and your family. Glad you are safe....take good care!

AnitaRex said...

Hi Dawn! So sorry to hear about the earthquake in your country :> I am so happy that you and your family are safe! By the way I thought of you in church yesterday, On March 2 a pastor from NZ Paul Dejong is coming to speak to my church. His church is Life church, have you heard of him? I look forward to hearing him speak and hearing his accent!

Jacqueline said...

Dawn, I tried to comment this morning, in vain! So glad to hear you are safe. We have friends living in Christchurch, Hawford Street who have an office there and live in this town. In the mean time we have heard they are safe although major damage was done to their properties. The people must be traumatized having had to deal with more than 4000 tremors since September! We met this couple in Myrtle Beach this Autumn and they told us how uncomfortable it is to live in such conditions, that they deliberately chose to sleep in the basement, etc....
Thanks for this blog post!
Keep safe!!

Sharon D from Canada said...

I'm glad to hear you're safe, Dawn. I'm praying for all affected by this trajedy.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Dawn I was thinking of you and Sue today when I wathced the news at 6:30 a.m my time and was sending up a prayer for all effected bye this horrible thing. I am so happy to know that you are safe. It still must make you nervous though. I am truly sorry for all that your country is going through and I pray that things will resolve soon. In my prayers and thoughts. Hugs

DominoDebi said...

Dawn, I'm so pleased that you're all okay but my heart goes out to the people of ChristChurch - I cannot believe they've had so many earthquakes since September 10. This is the first I'd heard of any of them. You're all in my prayers.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

I'm with Deborah - my heart goes out to you all in NZ! I was there at this time 5 years ago and am so worried about the wonderful people we met there! Thinking of you all!!

Trinh said...

So glad you and your family are okay, Dawn! I had no idea there had been so many earthquakes. I will be keeping everyone in my prayers & thoughts.

Deirdre said...

So very very sad. So tragic. Will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you. Hugs, Deirdre

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Dawn! We heard about the New Zealand / Christchurch earthquake on the evening news and saw some video footage of the devastation. Our hearts and prayers are definitely with you and all those affected!