BREAKING NEWS: 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch eliminates any debate on Welfare State crucifixion
UPDATE | 2:40PM: Just got the picture of the Cathedral. This is a symbolic as well as a sustantial loss - it is Chch.Just leave, get out. While we mourn (what may be fatalities, as reported,
UPDATE: 3.50pm Reports of huge structural damage across the city, hundreds trapped in buildings, reports of many casualties, multiple after shocks, Pyne Gould Guiness building have reports of multiple people trapped. This is a major disaster. Still haven't been able to contact friends. City has run out of ambulances.
UPDATE: 3.56pmThe Maori Party have just canceled Hone Harawira's membership, is it too cynical to suggest they picked the largest natural disaster in NZ to decide to announce that?
UPDATE: 5pm State of Emergency declared for whole area of Canterbury. Entire suburbs of Brighton and Lyttleton declared unlivable, There are reports of Sumner cliffs dropping into houses and Lyttleton cliffs are crumbling , the tunnel is shut and may have had damage to it. Triage centres set up in Latimer Square and Sydenham Mall
UPDATE: 7.20pm 65 confirmed dead
Huge quake strikes Canterbury
BREAKING NEWS: A huge earthquake has struck Canterbury with witness reports estimating it was bigger than the one which struck last September.
The Welfare razor gang will be thanking their Gods for the massive earthquake that has just struck Christchurch. Goodbye any debate on the crucifixion of the NZ Welfare State.
No details on damage from Christchurch yet. I've texted friends and family there, I hope they are okay. Christchurch has been hurt terribly this year.