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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Shock

After a long night, managed to contact missing friends and hear that family are safe, 38 are 'officially' dead rather than the 65 stated yesterday (although this seems to be a technicality rather than a ray of light) thankfully dozens were pulled from the rubble overnight. The sheer scale of the destruction and lives lost is still bewildering and surreal to a place we all know and have walked.

Already the stories of friends who have lost people are surfacing and cause a counting of blessings, but I honestly wonder if as our second largest city Christchurch will be the same after this, the over riding feeling from talking with people is a deep mistrust of the ground under their feet, and I wonder how many will be planning on a life beyond Christchurch.

The coverage by TV and Radio alongside social networking media has meant a seamless merging of the immediate and real time with proximity to the event in a way that impacts so many more by including everyone as reporter/witness/survivor.

What a dreadful time of it Christchurch has had to endure, NZ is weeping today as the cold grey of daylight breaks across the broken garden city.

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