If you’ve been following the news in the past 24 hours, you will have known there was a magnitude 7.1 quake in New Zealand, about 30 km from the second largest city, Christchurch, accompanied by a series of very severe aftershocks. Twitter messages heard around the world discuss everything from being woken up at 5am to seeing vases clatter on the floor to the children in the street playing and sitting in the cracks on the road in the aftermath.
With all the quakes that have hit the different parts of the world this year – this year was a VERY bad year for quakes – and with all the billion dollar damage that NZ has sustained so far I’ll say this much – I’m just personally happy there presently remain no casualties (as of 1120 today EDT). I have heard reports of people suffering minor injuries, but no deaths. And that’s a good thing. This year has also been a very bad year with natural disasters (yes, Haiti occurred this past January in case anyone’s inclined to forget that one) and the very last thing the world needs from Mother Nature is another round of tragedy.
We’ve suffered enough this year, and we still have 4 months left this year.