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 can't 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 can't contact his school and can't 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 can't 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.. :(