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New Zealand earthquake

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Post by Misfit » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 10:50 pm

Unless my eyes are deceiving me, Annis did make a quick post over at what are you reading today.
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Post by Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:39 am

Maybe she's far enough from Christchurch that she didn't actually feel the earthquake and wasn't aware of it at the time she made that post. It would seem to be good news!
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Post by princess garnet » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 1:16 am

I first saw the news on the 10 pm news on the local FOX station last night. Horrible!
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Post by annis » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 1:50 am

Thanks for all your concern. I hadn't noticed Ben's thread, but I did make a couple of comments on the Worst Thing Today thread
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... 4&page=159

I don't live all that near Christchurch, but have a lot of coonnections with the place, so I was pretty shaken up by what's happened. And New Zealand is a small place- nearly everyone will know someone who lives there, so it affects us all. As we're an earthquake-prone country, we're also only too well aware that this scenario could have happened anywhere else in the country.

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Post by wendy » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 4:26 pm

[quote=""annis""]Thanks for all your concern. I hadn't noticed Ben's thread, but I did make a couple of comments on the Worst Thing Today thread
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... 4&page=159

I don't live all that near Christchurch, but have a lot of coonnections with the place, so I was pretty shaken up by what's happened. And New Zealand is a small place- nearly everyone will know someone who lives there, so it affects us all. As we're an earthquake-prone country, we're also only too well aware that this scenario could have happened anywhere else in the country.[/quote]

Glad to hear from you -- and thankful you were spared. I hope all your family and friends are safe too.
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Post by rockygirl » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 11:37 pm

The whole situation is heartbreaking. I'm glad that you are well, Annis.

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Post by Perdita » Thu February 24th, 2011, 9:48 pm

I've been watching this on the news.. it's heartbreaking stuff, especially for the families of those in the TV station who were told it was unsurvivable. Glad to know Annis is safe and well.

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Post by annis » Thu February 24th, 2011, 10:06 pm

Thanks, guys. It's just terrible. Still no water, power or sewage capacity for most people and many have uninhabitable houses, so as you can imagine there is an absolute diaspora of Christchurch residents heading to all points north and south. Every motel, hotel and camping ground in the area where I live is packed to the gunnels with refugees.

A friend sent me this interesting collection of photos which you can pan over to see both a before and after image.
http://www.3news.co.nz/National/Christc ... fault.aspx

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Post by Margaret » Fri February 25th, 2011, 2:09 am

The before/after photos are so sad. The loss of the spire at Christchurch Cathedral seemed especially heartbreaking to me, with my interest in historical architecture, but all of it is shocking. And that's just photos, which only have a fraction of the impact of reality.
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Post by Mello » Fri February 25th, 2011, 6:13 am

[quote=""Perdita""]I've been watching this on the news.. it's heartbreaking stuff, especially for the families of those in the TV station who were told it was unsurvivable. Glad to know Annis is safe and well.[/quote]

Yes, the young man and his sister who held a vigil for their mother who was in the TV station was devastating to watch. Their grief was all over the news for everyone to see. I sometimes think the media loves a tragedy too much.

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