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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake

It feels surreal today to be sitting down to work as normal when the TV is showing such terrible pictures of devastation from Christchurch. I cannot imagine the day my DH is having up there. There will be no 'normal' for some time I'm sure. I admit that, selfishly, I wish he could quit and come back home.

When I felt the quake yesterday I wasn't too worried about DH. Must be over in Fiordland I thought, because our house seems to be sheltered from the northern quakes to an extent. However, the realisation that it was from Christchurch and that we had felt it strongly here underscored how big a quake it was. Luckily I was able to ring DH and get a 30 second call so I knew he was ok. However, the ongoing uncertainty and concern over his safety and well-being is wearing. I can only imagine what it is like for those who have not yet heard from family and friends and are having to face the possibility of bad news. The death toll is inevitably going to rise, and the lives of all those affected have been torn apart.


My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Christchurch today.

2 comments:

MareeAlison said...

Hi Keely - I think we all feel pretty powerless against Mother Nature this year. Too many people have died in Australia and now, even more in New Zealand and the circumstances have been horrendous.

We're all hoping that some miracles will happen in Christchurch and they'll find some more people alive.

I can't get my head around just how many people have been impacted, how many are without jobs, homes, not to mention those who have to face the terrible loss of family. This coming week is going to be very hard on a lot of people.

Beyond that is the monumental job of rebuilding the city so that people may be able to once again carry on their normal lives. It is obviously going to be a long process. As you say, our thoughts, best wishes and lots of hugs are with the people of Christchurch.

Katharine said...

Amen.