12.51pm, right in the middle of the lunch hour, 3 miles below the city, only 10 km away from the CBD, magnitude 6.3. This has been horrifying to witness, TV coverage has been 24 hours, and you just feel like you are living in a daze watching the devastation and trying to get your head around how these people would cope with this. It has been the deadliest New Zealand natural disaster in 80 years and a National State of Emergency has been called, something that has never happened before for a natural disaster. Everyone knows people who live there, everyone feels close to this, everyone wants to help. The Emergency Services have been truly incredible, as a country we are so proud of how well everything has been handled.
The Prince of Wales sent a beautifully worded message to New Zealand “I was truly saddened to learn of the horrendous loss of life and damage that another earthquake has brought to the people of Christchurch. I join The Queen and The Prince of Wales in sending my deepest condolences and sympathy to those affected by this tragedy. I do so admire the bravery and commitment of all Cantabrians, particularly all those who, at this time, are working so hard to save the lives of others. It is particularly cruel that your famed resolve and strength are being tested yet again.”
If you would like to help the only way to really do so at this point is to donate money, this can be done at the Red Cross. For extra local news the Television New Zealand website has been a good source. Christchurch, our hearts are with you.