gday from another wet auckland weekend (new zealand)
not sure if the news of this rather large earthquake has made the forum or the news up there, but christchurch was rocked by a big earthquake last week.damage is significant ( over $5 billion to date)
for those who don't know christchurch is like the gateway city to the mountains and ski areas for travellers who come in to nz.
the garden city sits on the east coast of the south island and is adjacent to the southern alps.
well the tectonic plates decided to move which resulted in a 7.4 grade earthquake with epicentre near darfield west of christchurch in the foothills to the adventure playgrounds.
miraculously no body died as it struck late at night. if the city had been full of people in the pubs etc without doubt it would have claimed many lives.
by the grace of god their were no deaths- however the clean up is massive. many jobs will be lost and the general mayhem has been huge.the aftershocks have been numerous so there are many scared cantabrians just now.
here is a call out to the people of christchurch from us. normally auckland and christchurch have strong competitive battles in sports but this is a time to pass on our calls of good luck and sympathetic messages to them all.
steve and the team