Following on from September 4ths 7.1 earthquake near Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand, they were hit with a big aftershock yesterday afternoon at 12.51pm measuring 6.3 on the richter scale.
Because this earthquake was centred very close to the city and only 5km deep it has caused devastation mainly to the CBD of Christchurch City with damaged/collapsed buildings, rockfalls, sink holes, liquifaction (water/mud spewing out of the ground). Many people are missing, some are trapped and others are injured or dead.
Yesterday is said to be "New Zealands Darkest Day" and I would have to agree. Reports are all over the news in New Zealand and also in other parts of the world.
If you want to find out more, there is info galore on these websites:
We have been following the regular updates on the Herald site and watching the news on TV but we cannot begin to imagine the devastation of being there and it doesn't seem real from 570kms away. All our thoughts are with the people and animals in Christchurch.
Koda and my Mother Dearest