I live at the other end of New Zealand. We know only what we can gather
from the media. People in Christchurch have been asked not to use their
telephones except for emergencies. And the rest of New Zealand have likewise
been asked not to call into the area. There is little or no mobile phone
coverage which suggests that the mobile beacon (or whatever it is called)
has been damaged. Both the television broadcasting buildings in the area
have been damaged.
I don't think we will hear from the people on Strathspey from Christchurch
for a while.
The message from Civil Defense, the Prime Minister and others in authority
is to encourage people to deal in facts only. According to these sources,
so far there is one confirmed fatality. More are expected. The internet
reports from many NZ newspapers have been focusing on fatalities. TV and
other sources have been focusing on the many miracles that have occurred and
also the rescue efforts. Workers have been asked to leave the city centre
- and they are mostly having to do this by walking. There has been one
particularly poignant TV report showing a street full of people walking down
a road - ashen faced and looking stunned.
I have found the best source of information to be the reports from the BBC
World Service both radio and TV - the most factual. I found the same during
the Pike River disaster. I am extremely grateful for the service that the
BBC offers in these sorts of situations.
It is also amazing how quickly news now gets round the world.
From: Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx [mailto:Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx]
Sent: 22 February 2011 15:02
Subject: (another...just today) earthquake in Christchurch
Word is just arriving in California of...alas...yet another...just
today...6.3 earthquake in Christchurch (actually 10 km. southeast
reportedly)...cathedral damaged and possible fatalities. Any first-hand