Tears in The Eyes of All New Zealanders After Latest Earthquake
Hearts go out to all residents of Christchurch, New Zealand as they are hit by yet another series of earthquakes just two days before Christmas.
- Yet another Earthquake for Christchurch, New Zealand
- Further Disaster resulting in Liquefaction
- The Christmas Present no one Wanted
Yet another Earthquake for Christchurch, New Zealand
I sit here in shock as I write this. Although safely a long way from the scene, I could not believe my ears and eyes tonight as I watched TV. 15 months after the first one devastated the city, Christchurch, New Zealand has suffered several more earthquakes, magnitudes 5.8 and 6.0.
Imagine how you would feel living in this city, having experienced ongoing quakes since September 2010. Fortunately this time no lives have been lost, but that doesn’t make the experience any less terrifying for those who have gone through this so many times in such a short time.
Further Disaster resulting in Liquefaction
Fifteen months ago most of us here in New Zealand had never heard of liquefaction, when the stress of the quake turns soil to liquid. Now this is a dreaded but common word in the vocabulary of people living in Canterbury, the province of which Christchurch is the major city. After all the cleaning up after the September 2010 and the even more devastating February 2011 earthquakes, to be then followed by the June earthquakes, people of Christchurch must have had enough. How much shaking and destruction can these poor people endure?
Today’s first jolt occurred earlier this afternoon, and was apparently quite sharp and violent. Just when people were starting to relax, what could be worse than further disaster in their city just two days before Christmas. As I write, power is still off to over 1500 households. The airport has reopened, and Air New Zealand is working to clear the backlog of people either returning home for Christmas, or trying to leave the city.
The Christmas Present no one Wanted
Hearts and spirits must be broken down in the South Island of New Zealand. These people have suffered so much and now they don’t even have the peace of Christmas to look forward to. It is not the Christmas present any of them would have wished for.