It looks like a bomb has gone off. It has been likened to 9/11. It's absolute devastation for everyone, but especially those that experienced the huge earthquake in Christchurch yesterday afternoon.
While the seismic number was lower than the previous big quake last September, this quake was only 5kms underground so was way more violent than before. Whole buildings have been destroyed, people have been killed, cars and buses have been crushed under bricks.
Rescue workers are still pulling out survivors from completely demolished buildings. People have spoken to trapped people, unable to locate them and rescue them.
It was lunchtime for many. It came out of nowhere and there was no time to get to safety for many.
The parks have been made into makeshift hospitals. People trapped in the city overnight experienced cold, wet weather, some without shelter. There wasn't enough blankets for the two thousand people in the inner city. Last night while we were enjoying a hot dinner, they were still without food and water.
There is updated information and photos here. All of these photos came from The NZ Herald site.
This side of the world has had too many tragedies of late. This latest one has come at a high cost to human life for a city already fragile. It's shocking to see so many beautiful old buildings beyond repair. Christchurch will never be the same. They are going to need so much help this time around. Donations are needed and gifts of love will need to be arranged and sent to those who have once again lost everything.
We are thinking of you, people of Christchurch. xxx