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Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?

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  • Jolisa,

    Susannah, and hungrymama (and everyone else reporting in, but those are the names I see on the page in front of me): thank you for writing. There is honesty in complexity and it makes the whole picture bigger.

    And Jackie: oh. Just, oh.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1411 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Jolisa,

    I know. Her daughter has brought the child in for the last couple of days. I think she's trying to be staunch and I might have wrecked that a wee bit!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    This had me howling. " every life lost in New Zealand through accidental tragedy -- every car crash, every lost mountaineer, every death by abuse or misadventure -- is a national headline. In this country of just over 4 million, equivalent to the population of Manhattan's Upper West Side, every life is precious, every animal cherished ." Whilst not completely true, it does resonate.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    I'm still astounded that nobody died inside Christchurch Cathedral. Not surprised that the USAR guys don't feel like they've finished the job, given the reports of people inside the spire at the time of its collapse.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3908 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm still astounded that the 6 o'clock news didn't frame it as "the Christchurch Cathedral miracle".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    Twitter reporting a big aftershock. *Worried* Everyone ok, again?

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    4.8 centred under Redcliffs. I think it felt bigger than it was and seemed to go on for a while but nothing actually fell over here.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 705 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Life inside the cordon goes on for some residents. Despite what the story says, I heard today via a journalist mate that there could be a couple of hundred folk still there, some living in backyard tents (presumably not openly).

    Newman's house fared better, and despite the damage she and her husband are among the few residents who have chosen to stay within the cordon despite the war-zone like conditions. Their movements are carefully policed and they're not allowed outside after 6.30pm.

    They can't drive in or out of the cordoned area and if she leaves on foot she has to have two forms of ID and prove her home is structurally OK to live in before she's allowed back.

    They have no phone or running water, and only intermittent power. At night she sleeps on a mattress under the dining table, too distressed to sleep in the open.

    Nearly all their neighbours have fled, creating an eerie silence punctuated only by the sound of choppers overhead and heavy machinery moving through the rubble.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    One minute clip from a Japanese tourist in Cathedral Square immediately after the quake as the dust swirls and people walk around dazed.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    man, that was fcuked up. i was on the subway. it stopped and shook. luckily only trapped on the train for 10 minutes or so.

    gee, i feel sorry for the people up in Sendai. if it was this bad in Tokyo, what was going on up there?

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 633 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Good to hear yr ok. I am hating on earthquakes at the moment. North looks so sad. And coastal communities. Feels very emotional watching from Chch. All the best, Stephen.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to stephen walker,

    Seen images of Sendai Airport completely swamped by tsunami

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16669 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Big tsunamis. More than one. Towns that are devastated.
    And we are warned of tsunami reaching NZ about high tide at 9am tomorrow. While it's a long way away and unlikely to be any real danger, this was a HUGE quake, possibly 8.9
    I'd say: be careful, stay away from near the sea.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1571 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    lots of aftershocks in Tokyo (400 km or so from Sendai). probably no trains tonight. time for an 18 km walk home. the people on the coast... oh i don't want to think about it. too awful.

    cheers.

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 633 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to stephen walker,

    stephen, good to hear you are ok, cuz

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    It’s been a crazy day. I’m in Tokyo and have spent the last 10 hours with friends, trying to figure out what is up.

    I’ve blogged about it (because what else can I do?)

    Fuck the Pacific Rim.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1858 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Indeed, Robyn – so glad to know that you and yours are okay. I hadn’t realised you were even on holiday in Tokyo till yesterday!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    At least it happened after the Japanese search & rescue team got back from Chch. :-/
    I’m spending the night in my office – which is a mess, but (i) that’s not much worse than its state before the quake, and (ii) it’s almost certainly in better condition than my apartment. (Which, at best, is unlikely to have electricity or water. But, can’t get there anyway, so, moot point.) Most worrying thing is that the phone system is down – so, am waiting nervously for news of friends in Fukushima.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 901 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Thanks for checking in, guys.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18891 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18891 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh dear - Japanese rescue workers in Christchurch being super staunch and awesome on Three News. Think I'm going to man-cry a little.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12000 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Oh. I hadn’t realised, but yes, of course: there’s a wide gap between “team’s operations suspended and returning to Japan” reported here last weekend, and individual members staying on as humans while bodies from Chch continue to be identified. Damn.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 901 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Fuck the Pacific Rim.

    Damn you, plate tectonics. Enough already.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

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