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The Worst Thing Today

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Margaret
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Postby Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:41 am

Hi, Annis - good to hear from you. We have all been hoping you are OK. The earthquake seems to be front-page news all over the world. At least it is here in Portland, Oregon. It sounds like it was absolutely devastating.
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Postby CindyInOz » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:46 am

"annis" wrote:Still trying to come to terms with the extent of the death and destruction in my old home town, Christchurch, from yesterday's major earthquake. It's hard to take it in- I feel quite stunned.


My thoughts and prayers are with you Annis. I cannot comprehend how utterly devastating this must be for everyone in New Zealand. I hope your friends and family are all safe.
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Postby annis » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:58 am

Thanks for all the kind thoughts. Luckily friends and family are accounted for, though they are shocked and distressed and some are now homeless. I'm half-expecting refugees on my doorstep any time.

In one of the weirdnesses of the modern world, my sister-in-law just down the road first heard about the earthquake while watching Fox TV with her American partner (I won't comment on their taste- no politics here :) ). Luckily her youngest son (my nephew) who lives in Christchurch was fine, though rather dazed. His house basically fell to pieces around him!

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Margaret
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Postby Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 1:02 am

Luckily her youngest son (my nephew) who lives in Christchurch was fine, though rather dazed. His house basically fell to pieces around him!


I can't even imagine what that must be like.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 3:06 am

Oh Annis, I'm so glad you're ok, though I feel for your family who lost their homes!

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Postby LoveHistory » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 4:06 am

So glad you and your family are ok Annis!

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 5:36 am

Glad you're okay, Annis. My prayers are with the New Zealanders. From the coverage, it looks like Christchurch is hit worse than any of the 3 major California quakes I've been in. ('71, '89, '94)

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Postby annis » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 7:54 am

Still a feeling of disbelief, and also we are all so aware that this could have happened to us anywhere in this volatile country.

We get a lot of earthquakes here (though luckily not many of such severity) and we tend to be rather blase about them. I remember an English friend telling me that when she first came here there was an earthquake while she was walking around the centre of Wellington. In a panic she dashed to the nearest doorway and hung onto the sides for dear life. After a few moments she realised that everyone else was just carrying on regardless and looking at her in amazement. Welcome to life in a Pacific Rim country :)

I guarantee that after this one though everyone will be stocking up on bottled water, radio batteries, torches, candles, tinned food and other emergency supplies!

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Postby Madeleine » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:16 pm

Glad you're all OK, Annis.
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Postby Madeleine » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 12:18 pm

Hope your mum is on the mend soon, SPB.
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