As readers may be aware the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. was hit by a 7.1 richter scale earthquake at 4.35 am yesterday morning. It lasted about 40 seconds, I think - it sure felt much longer being there!. I live in a 150 year old non-reinforced two storey brick house! Being upstairs in an older brick house being shaken like it was in the jaws of a dog, kneeling in the dark because it was too hard to stand, with the frenzied shaking and with the roar and clatter of our huge old Victorian chimneys disintegrating is not a recommended experience!
But allelujiah the wabbit lives!! An even more amazingly so does everyone else in Christchurch! Astounding given that about 500 plus buildings are damaged and 90 inner city buildings (mainly heritage ones and old character buildings are severely damaged, some semi-collapsed no one was killed and only two people severely injured! As we are getting constant and often sharp after shocks I am keeping this post short (wow some good came of the quake then!!!) so I don't need to spend too long in this still shaky house, for the next few days. Will post some pics next visit - I believe Wikipedia already has a web page anyway.