Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tragedy in Christchurch



Hey friends if you haven't heard already today has been a tragic day for my country. An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in the Christchurch CBD, causing complete chaos including loss of life (as I write this the death toll is at 65 but could rise), collapsed buildings, roads torn apart, burst pipes pouring sewage through the streets, people missing and homes destroyed. It has quickly become New Zealand's second biggest natural disaster and it is so heartbreaking watching the footage on tv and seeing the destruction and panic.

A few links/ thoughts for any fellow New Zealanders reading this:
- Donations can be made here: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate
- You can call 0800 448 325 to arrange a time to give blood
- Google has created a Person Finder for any of you looking to locate a loved one
- Vodafone & Telecom are asking people not to make calls unless urgent so please text instead if possible
- 111 system was down but it is now back up and running if you need it

And to everyone else, if you could say a prayer for Christchurch and everyone affected that would be amazing.

Lastly I just want to share a tweet I read that really touched my heart:

"One thing that tragedies like this remind us- people are more important than buildings. We will rebuild buildings. We have lost people forever. "


Sorry this isn't like my normal posts but my heart is in mourning for my country right now. If anyone has any useful links please leave a comment with them and I'll add them up as well.



31 comments:

  1. My heart is also mourning for your country. x

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  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand. Such a devastating tragedy. Much Love xx

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  3. I too have been crying for your country. This has been such a heartbreaking summer. Thinking of everyone who is affected and their friends and family. x

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  4. My thoughts and prayer goes to everyone in Christchurch. My family is there, thank God they're fine :')

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  5. Thoughts and prayers are with you and those who are there.

    For those of us who are not http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate is where we can donate.

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  6. My heart goes out to you and your country.

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  7. I donated on your behalf and every blogger i know in NZ. i'm so sorry and so inspiring for you to use your blog like this.

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  8. My thoughts are with you as we witness the horror of this unfold on our television in Australia.

    Prayers and wishes for strength and safety at this terrible time,

    Felicity x

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  9. At work today we had the tv on all day and watched this event unfold. At 1pm everything went quite and the only people we had to deal with were people who didn't know about Christchurch. This event has devastated New Zealand. Our entire population is smaller than that of Melbourne and the death toll was already at 65 within five hours of the earthquake when rescue workers had barely started checking buildings.

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  10. Be assured of our prayers.

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  11. Prayers, love and thoughts go out to Christchurch. Never lose hope during this tragic time.
    xx

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  12. I am in Christchurch now and it was a traumatic experience as I just moved here four days ago! but I feel for all those families who have lost loved ones and those who have been in buildings that have crumbled around them.

    Every few minutes the ground shudders just to remind us of our insignificance and helplessness.

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  13. Always sad when these things happen in the world!! I send huge prayers and wishes to you & everyone in your country at this time, I hope the world will bind together and help those in need!! Much love to you all!! xxx

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  14. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Does anybody know if you can donate from the UK?
    x

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  15. Such a terrible tragedy - I shall keep all the people affected in my heart, thoughts and prayers. That tweet is right - buildings can be re-built but lives are irreplaceable. xo

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  16. My heart goes to your country.. it's so sad to hear such chatastrope happen in such magical country like New Zealand..

    I still remember how horrid an earhtquake can be.. my hometown has hitted by one in 2006 and more than 5.700 people killed in their sleep. It was so sad.. and just like you wrote.. building can be rebuild, but life lost forever.

    We're all praying for the best in New Zealand

    The Picnic Girl

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  17. Christchurch is where the International Antartic Centre is, which is, as I understood it, the front door to every Antartic post out there. Of course it’s not impossible to bypass Christchurch to get stuff to the Antartic, but I wonder if this is another impact of this quake.

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  18. Keeping New Zealand in my thoughts and prayers.

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  19. Absolutely terrible! I'm still in shock.

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  20. wow that is something that is never fun that happens. I hope and pray that the people in that town will be able to unite together and be able to find everyone that is missing as well.

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  21. I had already seen the news about the earthquake on our local news channel. So sad. :-( My heart goes out to everyone affected.

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  22. My thoughts are with you and your country.

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  23. i'm so sorry for this tragedy. i'm thinking so much of you today and sending you all my warmest thoughts and wishes.

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  24. I can't imagine what it must be like for the people of Christchurch at the moment. My heart goes out to them and the rest of New Zealand, in this hard time.

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  25. I've been so sad today watching this unfold from the other side of the world. My brother, sister and brother in law live in Christchurch, and they are thankfully unharmed.

    The kitties are still AWOL, hopefully my sister finds them soon.

    My heart is breaking for those who have have lost someone, and those waiting for news.

    This puts everything into perspective. We should tell people we love them while they can still hear us.

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  26. my thoughts and prayers are with you our neighbour country. it's only the beginning of the year and so many things happening to both australia and nz, it just broke my heart..

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  27. My thoughts and prayers are with all you people in New Zealand, hope things will get better even if right now they seem too dark. xx

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  28. Prayers and love being sent from Melbourne. We've been watching the devastation and our hearts and support go out to you...
    Rebecca xx

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  29. For Christchurch to suffer two devastating earthquakes in a matter of months is an absolute tragedy, especially as hundreds of people have been working hard to recover the city following the first earthquake. There are no words that can be said to make things right or even comfort them. We cannot replace a life but I hope time can ease the pain.

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  30. This whole time I have been reading your blog I had no idea you were from New Zealand . . .

    It is all over the news. Being Australian, and one who was recenetly up North during the cyclone, I can see feel this devastation and my thoughts are with those out there :(

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