Thank you to all the people who have emailed me reagarding the devastating earthquake which hit Christchurch at lunch time yesterday. I live in Auckland (near the top of the North Island), over 1000 kilometres (over 400 miles) away from Christchurch (in the Canterbury region in the middle of the South Island), and no effects were felt where I live.
Christchurch is the same place that had a huge earthquake last year on September 4th.
Yesterdays earthquake was much worse and this time there are many fatalities and people trapped in collapsed buildings. Search and rescue teams are coming from across the world to help out.
It is a shock to all New Zealanders to see the devastation in Christchurch, it really isn't something we ever expected to see here. There are pictures and information here: New Zealand Herald.
My thoughts are with all the people in Christchurch.