No words seem adequate to describe the situation in Christchurch since 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February 2011 as a result of the 6.3 Earthquake made more severe by the shallow depth of just 5km.
We are 163km south and felt the prolonged shake but that was nothing to what was to unfold in the following minutes. The current toll is 113 but many more are missing. It is heartbreaking as we feel for the families of the victims both those who have perished and the 100's with critical and serious injuries which will alter their lives forever.
While I know we need media coverage, which has been extensive, it is upsetting to see the same graphic clips of the injured repeated and repeated day after day, and it makes me angry to hear some of the stupid questions the reporters and presenters ask the victims and government representatives. (that is my little gripe). When it gets too much we have to switch the TV off.
Just down the road from Christchurch we feel guilty that our lives just carry on as usual but with the added grieving for all the people who's lives have been affected by this event.
Being so close to the disaster zone Timaru has become sanctuary/ escape option for many of the victims with a welfare centre set up and many accommodating their friends and relations from Christchurch. The camping ground and motels are full. We are expecting an influx of Christchurch students to attend our schools for a period of time. We will do our best to help these people through this period.
Many have commented on their blogs about the earthquake but I feel that Azirca pretty much summed up the whole situation and our feelings.
Caring thoughts are with all the people who have suffered. Take Care.