Earthquake in New Zealand

As some of you know, a 7.1 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, with the effects felt throughout the South Island and in some southern parts of the North Island.  I’ve gotten several emails from people checking on us, so I thought I’d do a quick post to let people know that we’re OK!  We live in Auckland, which is far enough north not to have felt any of the quake.

Please keep the city of Christchurch in your prayers.  Christchurch is the 2nd largest city in New Zealand, so as you can imagine, this has affected a lot of people and businesses.  They are currently reporting no casualties and few major injuries, but there has been a lot of damage.  One newspaper reported that the central business area looked like “a war zone” with buildings flattened, cars crushed, small fires, etc.  This will take awhile to rebuild and repair, and in the meantime residents are being told to conserve water and avoid travel because of damage to the roads.  So if you think of it, please lift up the city in your prayers – pray for no or minimal damage to the city’s water and sewage system, patience for those who are waiting to hear from loved ones, pray for the hospital {especially the ER!} as they are dealing with a large influx of patients, and for city leaders as they are making a lot of decisions right now.

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11 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for all the great information, one of the best blog sites on New Zealand. My family is moving to Auckland in November, I’m a nurse and we are going there for my husbands job (he is a physician). We have three small children which makes this trip even more hectic, but exciting. Thanks again, I enjoyed reading about everything.

  2. Rachael says:

    Hello from Christchurch – My house is ok we were sleeping and got a BIG shake this morning! Wrecked some of the furniture which fell over – still feeling some little aftershocks. Neighbours are currently on their roofs trying to knock any unstable debris off their roof before night hits!

  3. Elle says:

    Wow! thank you for the update, I’ve had my nose burried in med school books for the past few weeks and haven’t caught any recent news!

    What a tragedy….

    Not to be flippant but how are you and Chris?

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