Christchurch: a great city, a tragic tragic day
Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island, has been struck by a second major earthquake in six months. Full coverage with live updates and streaming video is available here
At this stage, damage appears far worse – and there are certainly more casualties, including fatalities – than the 7.1 magnitude September 2010 quake, even though this one was “only” magnitude 6.3.
Phone lines to Christchurch are currently working, but extremely congested. Emergency services are asking that people only ring the area for emergency purposes, so you’ll excuse us for failing to get immediate on-the-ground comment.
For now, we’d invite you to shout out a message of support to all Kiwis and others in Christchurch in this, their hour of need.
For those who haven’t been to Christchurch, it really is a great, great little city.
Snowclad mountains on the western horizon, a beautiful seashore on its eastern flank and a dinky downtown area about the size of Adelaide’s CBD with enough cool bars for a city three times its size.
Words fail us in trying to describe the sight of the famous Christchurch Cathedral in ruins, not to mention the awful, awful human toll, details of which we will continue to update.
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