Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand today.

Today has been a very sad day for the people of Christchurch and New Zealand. At lunchtime today – 1.51pm an earthquake hit the central business district of Christchurch and at the moment the death toll is at 65 but there are indications that it will rise. Some people are still believed to be trapped in buildings. It was a 6.3 magnitude quake and very shallow, at only 5 km deep.

Over recent months the people of Christchurch have experienced a number of quakes some lost their homes last September and again on Boxing Day another sizable one hit…but todays was the most devastating. My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and I pray and hope that your loved ones are found safe and that these aftershocks cease. (There have been at least 20 aftershocks since the large one at lunchtime).

I live in Dunedin which is much further south than Christchurch and only felt a slight tremor, my pc monitor moving a bit. Back in 1987 I was at the epic centre of a 6.5 quake that hit Edgecumber in the Bay of Plenty (North Island) it too was a very shallow quake and caused a lot of damagem however Edgecumbe is a rural area and there was no loss of life.

I have been impressed by the way rescue services have responded and how other countries have rallied round and offered support. Thank you.

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