Saturday, 4 September 2010

Earthquake in New Zealand

Christchurch, one of the major cities in our little country was hit by an earthquake of 7.4 magnitude at 4.35am this morning.

Homes have been destroyed, buildings collapsed, roads and railway tracks destroyed, power and water supplies cut off.

The city has been declared a state of emergency.

People have been hurt but miraculously only 2 have been hospitalised for serious injury.

We are a little country that is very blessed as this earthquake has been likened to the one that hit Haiti in January of this year.

As we are such a small country in size and population, many people have family or friends in Christchurch. It is such a relief to know they are ok.
Full credit to Civil Defense, emergency services, volunteers, insurance companies, banks, businesses and people pledging donations, and our Prime Minister who has spent the day in Christchurch and on behalf of the government has promised massive amounts of money and resources.

It's times like this when it hits home just how lucky and blessed we are, not only to live in this country but just for life on a daily basis.

Flooded carpets, windows that won't close, rats on rubbish bins and much else that I have whinged about this week is completely insignificant compared to what the people of Christchurch were shockingly woken up by this morning.

Puts it all into perspective really!

Take Care
Rachaelxo

11 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

I thought of you as soon as I heard about the earthquake, I'm glad to hear nobody you know has been hurt. It sure does put it all into perspective. Stay safe xo

lovestitches said...

Made me think that maybe an emergency kit with drinking water and batteries ISN'T such a bad idea now. Especially since Wellington would be completely stuffed if we had a quake that big.

Debbie said...

THAT`S TERRIBLE!
GLAD TO KNOW THAT THERE WEREN`T ANY FATALITIES!
BY THE WAY, YOUR NEW HOME IS AMAZING!
I HOPE THAT YOU AND PRINCESS WILL BE VERY HAPPY THERE...

DEBBIE MOSS

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Wow! It sure does.

Jen said...

my prayers and thoughts go out to those in Chch
I cried when I watched the News last night
I have been in smaller earthquakes and hate them
B15s granddad felt it in Timaru too

Agneta said...

Love your blog, I fell in through another blog and like what I see!

My I invite New Zealand to Sweden, by asking you to be my guest in my September contest

Nice to meet you!

Agneta, a swedish one ;)

Alison Gibbs said...

Such a devastating event. Saw some footage on tonights news - amazing that no one has been killed
Alison

Jillian said...

Hi Rachael.... I saw this on the news and thought of you immediately. So glad to hear and see you are okay as well as those in Christchurch. Prayers for a speedy recovery for the city!

Jillian

Monica@The White Bench said...

OMG! Glad you and your dear ones are safe! Thinking of you.
Monicaxo

Kerryanne English said...

I'm only just catching up with all the posts in my reader file after my trip away Rachael so have read through your previous few posts.
Firstly, love your new home and those ceilings are magnificent. The bedroom looks huge.

Dreadful news about the earthquake. The footage shown here looked like there was a lot of structural damge done. I'm glad you and th ePrincess weren't directly effected.

Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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