Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch in ruins

We have been hit by another horrifying earthquake.  The aftershocks continue and it is terrifying.

I cannot tell you how unbelievably scary it is in Christchurch right now.  People have died - I have heard unconfirmed reports of hundreds of deaths. So many are trapped in multi-story buildings.

The 6.3 magnitude quake was far more intense that September's 7.1 quake - just 5 kilometres underground, with an epicentre 10ks away from the CBD, at our port, Lyttleton.

We live between the CBD and Lyttleton.

The aftershocks are severe.  They are coming at a rate of 2 -3 per minute in this last hour.  I am undone.  I do not know how I will get through the night.

And we, again, are some of the lucky ones - with moderate damage to our property and effects, and no injuries.


Jeanne said...

Michelle!! I am so sorry that I did not connect that you are in Christchurch as well. I was just looking on google maps to see the streets as I remember most of them having been for a visit last year. My daughter is in Riccarton..close to campus, near Ilam Road. Just so so sad for you all.
Thank you so much for your offer...I will let my daughter know.
You are so kind!!

Jeanne xxx

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Michelle, I am so glad you are alright. It's absolutely awful what's happened. Thinking of you xx

Tattie Weasle said...

Dropped in from Backwards in High Heels and just coming understand what has happened as I have been away without TV or radio for a few days. What little good my thoughts and prayers do for you and your family and friends, they are with you so you know that even total stranegrs are thinking of you all from half a world away. Take greatest care. {{{Hugs}}}

Michelle Trusttum said...

Jeanne - your email was lovely. Thank you so much for your thought and care. I'm so very pleased your daughter is safe. x

Christina - thank you for your lovely message and for brightening my day. x

Tattie - you are so kind. Thank you for dropping by and leaving such an uplifting message. Oh, just got another decent belt then. You'd think after a few thousand aftershocks in the past five months I would stop jumping about like a mad thing! I should be quite stoic by the end of it.

Thank you so much for your good wishes. x