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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake - Again!

My home town of Christchurch was devastated at 12.51 pm today by a 6.3 Richter Scale earthquake.

Though not as big as the 7.1 earthquake last September, it was far shallower and much closer to the city center. Much, much more violent.

At least 65 reported deaths so far. Whole streets flattened and 5 story buildings leveled.

We have at least six major aftershocks since - several over 5.0.

 My good friend  Andy biked the outskirts of the inner city the afternoon and made this video.

This is shot outside the police cordon and does not show the inner city which looks like a war zone.

My family and friends are all fine. We have power, phone, drinking water, food and a roof over our heads.

Thank you all for the many, many messages of concern.

Will update tomorrow.


Anonymous Jane Jamison said...

Thank goodness! I was tweeting you...but finally caught this update just now...will post your video and info ....
Best regards! I also posted your request for donations in my headlines section today. You are a Patriot we want you to keep cranking on the bad guys!

Best regards!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Andrew V said...

Glad to hear you and your family are safe Trevor. Our thoughts and prayers come from across the Tasman, as well as our emergency personnel and aid! Breaks my heart to see you guys go through this again, as you were just recovering from the last one! Keep the ANZAC spirit alive!!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

Thank God you and your family are safe.
We're praying for you, Trevor!

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Tammy in Texas said...

I have been praying for your safety. God bless you. Keep up the good fight.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Sara in Ohio says...praise God you are ok...we will continue to pray for those trapped, injured and killed.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Paper Pusher said...

So glad you are safe, Trevor. I was worried about you ever since I learned about the quake. Stay safe.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous LSM said...

So glad you are OK. Stay safe, Trevor.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Hardnox said...

My first thought when I heard the news was whether or not you and your family were safe. Thanks for that good news.

It is terrible that 65 have been lost sofar.

God bless you and your fellow countrymen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

2:17 AM  
Blogger JMB said...

Prayers to you and your family Trevor along with all of those in Christchurch.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Borf said...

Trevor, Glad you and your family are safe. I'm so sorry to hear that this has again happened to your beautiful city, and that so many lives have been lost.

Please do your best to stay safe!

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Trevor, just heard about the Quake and headed immediately to New Zeal Blog. God Bless you all. Thanks to the Heavenly Father for you and yours and all those who are safe. Prayers for ALL.

Take Good Care. The world needs you more with each passing day.

Melanie in Bristol

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

So grateful you and your family are okay, Trevor. Sending blessings your way.

3:05 AM  
Blogger syd B. said...

I was reading this morning of the terrible devastation this event has caused the people of Christchurch. Several deaths and hundreds of injuries. One must wonder just how much destruction and desolation the good people of Christchurch are expected to endure. Very sad, indeed. Kevin, perhaps you could direct us to a trustworthy aid centre to which we could donate. God Bless.

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thing I thought of when I heard of this quake was you, and your family, Trevor. God Be with you, your friends and neighbors during this tough time.


3:53 AM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Trevor, Praise GOD that you & your family are safe. My prayers will continue for those of Christchurch. Please take care and post a link for donations for those of us in the USA.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Retsin said...

Relieved to hear you and your family are OK. Thoughts and prayers w/you and all in Christchurch affected. Stay safe!

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prayers are with you and your country at this time. thanks for keeping us posted on what is going on over there.

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Menderman said...

Prayers from this side of the world are with all of you.


5:47 AM  
Blogger Amusing Bunni said...

So sorry this had to happen to you again.
I am praying for all the victims. Please take care
and stay safe.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Everyone at iOwnTheWorld are sending thoughts and prayers your way.

Mr. Pinko

6:11 AM  
Blogger S. said...

I'm glad to know you're OK. Prayers to all.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So sorry for the troubles of Christchurch especially so soon after the other earthquake. Will pray for the survivors and souls of the departed.

6:30 AM  
Blogger macaroon1 said...

Trevor, Thank G_d you are all right! Our prayers are with you and all those affected.
Michael in Meridian, Idaho.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Prayers for you and all there in Christchurch. Glad to hear you are doing okay.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Right Truth said...

So glad that you and your family are OK and have supplies to get your through. The images were just terrible, I can't imagine how frightening it must be.

Our prayers go up for you all, for the families that were not so lucky.

Right Truth

7:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As a Californian I feel your pain. Glad you are ok down there.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous listingstarboard said...

Thank goodness you are okay--you are such an amazing journalist and true patriot! God Bless you and keep you safe.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were the first person I thought of. I am so sorry that New Zealanders are going through this yet again!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Cobra said...

Thanks God you and your family are safe.
My prayers for you guys, in NZ.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I thought of you and your family when I heard of the earthquake. Christchurch has had more than its share of disasters recently. Hope this is the last of them.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Whitney Noel Jr. said...

Hi, our prayers go to you, your family and all the people of New Zealand who were affected by the quake. Take care and stay safe.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trevor, so happy you and all are safe. The minute I heard on the news, I texted my son in Wellington. He said they could feel the quake in his office. (WCC)

Wishing you all the best.
Justin's mum from Oklahoma

3:21 PM  

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