Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We Love You, Christchurch

Day 102
Originally uploaded by Road2Chaos

I didn't post yesterday. I was glued to the TV all day, today was much the same.
Yesterday, at 12:51pm NZ time, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, NZ. It was shallow. Really shallow. It was only 5km deep. Scores of people have died. Scores of people are trapped in collapsed buildings. It is horrific, utterly horrific.

All of my Mum's family is in Christchurch. All of Simon's family apart from his Dad and one brother, are in Christchurch. It took a while, but we have finally heard that all our family members are safe and ok. Simon's uncle has lost his home, but something like this puts material possessions in perspective - they have their lives, that's the most important thing.

The pictures and stories coming out of this beautiful city are so incredibly heartbreaking. Both Simon and I know the city well, we were there last only weeks before we left NZ early last year. It has always been one of my favourite places.

It's devastating. Just so unbelievably devastating.

I know this picture isn't the best, but today Kason (L) and Cohen (R) were wearing their "100% Kiwi" shirts. We are so proud to be Kiwis, it is such a proud and incredibly strong country. Our hearts and thoughts are with Christchurch.


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