This is not the post I was supposed to be writing today!!!
This morning I was all geared up to bring you more updates of my dolls quilt 10 project… I spent a large portion of yesterday happily and busily sewing and this morning managed to finish the last of the 4 blocks I require for the top. Sewing was just the therapy I needed. The quilt is looking great, I am close to ticking off another thing off my to do list, and I was feeling fantastic!
…Then my already tender heart took another hit and I am now aching for my homeland…
…About 1 minute after finishing my last quilt block my brother received a text from my parents with the following news…
Today at lunch time New Zealand time another MASSIVE earthquake hit Christchurch, the second largest city of New Zealand. The result is a city in devastation, mass fatalities and Christchurch is now in a serious state of emergency…
This is the second major earthquake to hit Christchurch in the last 6 months.
Measuring 6.3, it was technically smaller than the 7.1 earthquake they experienced last September. However, the difference is that this earthquake was only 5 km deep (as opposed to 30km deep in September), it was only located 10km from the Christchurch City Centre, and the massive difference was that it occurred in the middle of the day, while everyone was out and about.
As I write this NZ is heading into a long night. 65 people have already been confirmed dead. That number is expected to rise as still at least 200 people are said to be trapped in rubble. The total extent of the damage is far from known…
Up until he moved over to Perth last month, my younger brother called Christchurch home for the last 7 years. He was the only member of my immediate family to live in Christchurch, and thankfully my extended family members based in Christchurch have all confirmed they are safe. Currently I am still waiting for confirmation from some close friends.
I have been glued to the t.v most of the day watching in disbelief as my fellow New Zealanders run around in panic and desparation.
It is hard to comprehend….
…and it is making me ache.
Over the last month alone Australia & New Zealand have been totally pummelled by the ugly side of nature!!
We’ve experienced so many serious natural disasters I’ve almost lost count…
there has been widespread flooding throughout multiple states in Australia, over various times, affecting thousands; multiple cyclones including the devastating cyclone in Queensland, affecting probably in the hundreds of thousands; only 2 weeks ago over 64 properties were destroyed in serious bush fires in our city; and now this earthquake.
I have to say that it leaves this girl wondering what is in store next….
….. It raises questions of WHY!!??
… But through all this I know…
… and all of a sudden my anxiety is squashed and things come back into perspective again… Phew!
Unfortunately though it doesn’t stop the ache I feel for all of those who are affected…!
Lets hope this is it for 2011!!! No more please God!!!
** all pictures taken from the TV3 website photo gallery