Christchurch Earthquake


posted on 8th of september, 2010

Hi all,

I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, which as some of you may know suffered a 7.1 earthquake on Saturday morning.

Siince then we've had over 300 aftershocks and I thought people might bve interested in this map which shows the quakes as a timeline and their depth and intensity. http://ow.ly/1qPKcG

Our Emergency responders have done an amaizing job and within hours most of the city had electricity, withing days we could use the sewewreage system and yesterday got the all clear for our drinking water.

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of them who have and are helping us through this difficult time. This is all the more remarkable considering that some will also have had damage to their homes aswell.



I've also uploaded a few images of the destruction the quake caused. Our house lost both chimneys and damaged our hot water cylinder and a few other items but we've got off lightly compared to some who have lost everything.

You can see more of the images here http://www.dreamstime.com/Darrensp_more-latest-adition_pg1

Darren

Comments (9)

Posted by Irisangel on September 09, 2010
Thoughts and prayers coming your way from Florida USA. Stay safe, it is truly amazing that with a quake of that size that you all made it through so well.
Posted by Thanatonautii on September 09, 2010
Sorry for that earthquake! It`s always sad to hear such bad news!
Posted by Adeliepenguin on September 09, 2010
It is good to hear that your home is coming back together so quickly, and that the city responders are doing such a good job. My prayers go out to you all, hoping that the worst is over. Please keep us up to date.
Posted by Egomezta on September 08, 2010
I wish you and all of the people of New Zealand to recover soon from this tragedy... God bless you all.
Posted by Darrensp on September 08, 2010
Up until yesterday most people had been doing very well. I think we were on a kind of survivors high - if there is such a thing. But yesterday there was a very strong sharp aftershock and this scared a lot of people. It was the first time since the big one that my wife and I grabbed the kids and hit the floor.

I think for most it highlighted the fact that this was not yet over for us. The seismic experts are saying that we could still get another shock of 6.1 any time in the next 2 weeks. Not looking forward to that.

On the brighter side just got our hot water fixed and the chimneys are due to be done tomorrow. We've had no deaths and the city emergency responders are doing an amazing job.
Posted by Swamin on September 08, 2010
this not a good news. let us know how you, your family and your friends are doing..
Posted by Mani33 on September 08, 2010
Pleased to know that you are safe! Best of luck for all & God bless!
Posted by Mvogel on September 08, 2010
I hope that everyone in New Zealand is okay. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and everyones else effected by this disaster.

New Zealand is on my top 10 places to go before I die.
Posted by Wildmac on September 08, 2010
Glad to hear you are okay. I have family in Christchurch too that have also lost their chimney. Luckily they live in a wooden house. Best wishes from us here in Huntly :)



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