Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My thoughts are with Christchurch, NZ

Christchurch, New Zealand has had another big earthquake - 6.3 magnitude - and it has caused at least 65 deaths. I visited Christchurch in April-May of 2003. Here are pictures of the Christchurch cathedral from that trip. The larger earthquake last September damaged the cathedral (and miraculously no one was killed in that quake) but this latest quake toppled the spire and has largely destroyed the building.

Christchurch cathedral in 2003

Christchurch cathedral spire in 2003

My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch. I've visited New Zealand twice and found the people there are incredibly friendly. When we drove around the south island we rarely saw other cars but we knew that if we had a breakdown, when a car did eventually come by, we had no doubt the occupants would come to our aid. So it's especially sad to know they've had such devastation and loss come to them.

1 comment:

  1. hello,
    I have never been toNZ , but I have good friends there, she said today that the main damage is only 20 min from her . she said she just can't believe it..it's all so sad..