Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Remembering Kiwis in Christchurch Due Recent Earthquake.

NZ TV Herald gives us an inside view of what happened when the eathquake struck last week. "Damage to Christchurch city after the 7.1 earthquake struck Sept 4th 2010". It is sad indeed to watch daily updates on the extent of the damages. The people who are at the moment without clean water, electricity, inability to drive because their car has been damaged. Importantly, those who lost their houses and their businesses and more.

It was great to see the Prime Minister of New Zealand being one of those visiting the area and feeling what the people in Christchurch are feeling right now.

To all of you Christchurch, we wish you all the very best and we will hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Tena Koto Tena Koto Tena Koto Katoa.
Luvei Viti Team.

Raw Video: Earthquake in Christchurch , footage of damage to city and roads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-IsTp5J1vo

Read more from The Economist
Facing disaster, like a Kiwi
Sep 7th 2010, 6:42 by C.H. LONDON

WHEN an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, in the early hours of September 4th, a long-held national nightmare came true. Citizens have long worried that one of the country’s few cities will be devastated by a tremblor. Positioned as it is at the southern end of the Pacific "ring of fire", and at the convergence of the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates, New Zealand is a pretty seismic place. Earthquakes are frequent (around 14,000 a year, in fact) but they are usually quite small. And a sparse human population, just 4m, means severe damage and loss of life are rare: not since 1931 has a quake there killed significant numbers.

Christchurch (population 386,000) could easily have seen a repeat of that disaster (one local surprise was that it was Christchurch that was hit—most locals had long expected Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, which sits directly atop a fault line, to be the victim). With the epicentre only 20km from the central city and the quake only 10km deep, the whole city got a mighty shaking. Christchurch was founded in the 19th century by Anglican migrants from Britain and ranks as the most “English” of all New Zealand’s towns. The city centre is dominated by old brick buildings, many of which collapsed: damage is conservatively estimated at around NZ$2 billion ($1.4 billion). Thankfully, no Samoa-style tsunami followed (ironically, New Zealand's government recently announced it would fund a Pacific tsunami-warning system). That no fatalities resulted is nothing short of a miracle.

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