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post #1 of 45 Old 02-21-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I feel sick - un-expected earthquake

I feel sick , I have just learnt that there has been a massive earthquake in christchurch some 3 hours ago. There are reported multiple fatalities and apparantly half the city is either down or in the process of coming down. People are trapped in and UNDER their work buildings , it is just utterly horrific. It comes after a massive one last september which utterly devistated the city.

It sounds dumb - but stuff like this dosent happen in New Zealand , I read about it happening in other countries - but never in New Zealand, and that I am sick to hear that my friends horse's field has a massive crack running through it - and she cant find her mini - the crack is full of water and he is just gone. I've been trying to phone back for over an hour but the phone lines are overloaded.

As soon as Wallis (the mini) is found they are trucking up to us (an overnight drive with a sea crossing) with their other horses and animals as their house is completely destroyed - theres literally nothing left but rubble. They were moving up here in two months anyway - but theres no point in staying now.

It makes me worried - I live in a city which sits ontop of 50 volcanoes spread over a 360 square kilometers. It is highly unlikely that any will go off again - but it does make you wonder. It is just horrible - it is all over the news.

Whats worse is my 5 year old cousin is missing his school was out at lunch when the quake hit and he is as yet un accounted for - like I said , the phones are blocked and we live in the north island ( christchurch is in the south island) and his mum (who is my age) is just frantic , she is up here on business and dosent know where her baby is and if he is ok, she cant contact his school and cant contact his dad - she hasent herd anything from either of them and I just feel so helpless. We were able to get through on the cell phone an hour after it hit , but since then there has been nothing.

Sorry for the ramble , but I needed to say somthing - god bless anyone with family there and all the people affected and god help us all , all I can think is it cant get any worse what with australia and the other natural disasters hitting around the world. It utterly terrifies me - I have no idea how those nearer to it must feel.. :(

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Wow, that's scary. I work in TV and it just came over the news wire. 6.3 magnitude. Hope you get in touch with everyone you need to.

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Fires have broken out now and are being fought with monsoon buckets to try and keep it away from the emergency triage areas set up. Its just awful - the photos on the news are just unreal.

the historic cathedral is coming down - the spire has toppled off compleatly and there as massive cracks running through it.

this quake is smaller than last years but more devastating as it was only 5km down.
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Oh -- best wishes! Prayers for your cousin. I hope everyone can be accounted for safe and sound soon.
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Many prayers for you, your friends and your family. We can't imagine what you're going through!
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Wow. That's truly awful. Best wishes for your friend's mini and your cousin.
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post #7 of 45 Old 02-22-2011, 12:14 AM
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Wow, I am so sorry to hear of the devastation going on there!

I too will keep my fingers crossed that the missing are found and that things start getting better soon....
Take care of you and yours!
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Does anyone know if Spastic is ok? I believe that is the part of NZ she is in...
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post #9 of 45 Old 02-22-2011, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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depending on where she is in the city (or in the surrounding areas) she may not have any electricity/water/phone reception and it could be a long time until these services are re-instated. The government has put out a request that people try to communicate via text rather than calling in an attempt to clear the lines. Alot of phone towers are down as well which will not make things any better - even the news-reporters were loosing connection due to lack of services - we were /are getting reports from reporters on the scene with nothing but voice and static picture that waved in and out and their cameras keep jumping and then cutting out due to after shocks.

Fingers crossed she's allright - just dont be suprised if it is a little while before people hear from her if she is in the affected areas as it is a bit like a war zone there at the moment.
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post #10 of 45 Old 02-22-2011, 01:51 AM
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Aye, i heard it when i got back from school :( 4 of my family members said they are fine, but we have no idea if my grand-dad is ok :(

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