At 12.50pm on 22 February, 2011, someone decided that Christchurch had not had enough. We will never know why this verdict was reached but the penalty was harsh. We have been visited by a vicious ripping apart of the earth and much that we love in our beautiful city is no more. This of course refers to both the poor souls who are no longer with us as well as the physical destruction.
Once again, we begin our blog journey as we start to get back to normal and will make periodic updates.
Today’s message was written to reply to all those who asked how we were.
Thanks for the email and your kind thoughts. We really do appreciate them and we do need them. Our beautiful city is a mess, the Cathedral Spire is down, 65 are confirmed dead and many are still trapped in collapsed buildings. Over 1000 people are sleeping in Hagley Park but at least the big tents are up for the Flower Show and they are out of the rain.
We are shaken but safe. The Motel is structurally sound and we have power but no water 10 hours after the quake. We should be back to normal in a day or two and we are thankful for that. It is the wider city area and those trapped, injured and dead that our hearts go out to.
The kids were both at school and we spent a stressful 3 hours until we got confirmation that they were ok. Being kids they were excited and we let them go take some photos. It was not the time to lay down rules, this was their way of coping and they are good, responsible kids. Some cops told them to get out of the central city and go home….they said they live in the central city!
In a word, it was massive, much bigger than the 4 Sep quake. In that quake we did not have any damage in the rooms but this time we lost 95% of our plates, cups and glasses and a few other things will require repairing. We will need a massive shopping trip but we should be back to normal in a day or two!
In September the quake was 30kms away and a magnitude 7.1. This time it was situated pretty much under Lyttelton and it was only 5km deep. The magnitude was only 6.3 but the shallowness and closeness made the result so much worse.
Just as we thought things were getting better after 4 Sep., we are back at step 0. Tomorrow we take step 1, and then step 2. One step at a time till we get back to normal again.
Thanks for thinking of us! We really appreciate it.