Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Help for Christchurch after Earthquake

On Tuesday, Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the five largest cities in the country, was rocked by a 6.3 earthquake that caused buildings to collapse, leaving hundreds trapped and sixty-five dead, as of last count. Several aftershocks have left more damage in their wake, and the people of Christchurch sit on pins and needles waiting for what’s to come.

Last September, a series of earthquakes tore through Christchurch, weakening buildings, but little else. This time, the damage is far and widespread. Buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years have crumbled under the weight of this quake. Large cracks in the roads have appeared. California? This? Could be US.

I know, not my usual upbeat, humorous piece. But you see, I was just in Christchurch, last year. I fell in love with the historic old city, and I am so saddened to see what has happened there. And what do politically conscious, social media types do when we feel like we can’t do anything? We write. We publicize. So.

If you feel that you might want to help, you can give to the

Red Cross NZ

if you want to follow trends on twitter:

#NiewZeeland (Dutch)
And I, for one, will remember my beloved Christchurch like this:

In time, buildings can be rebuilt. The people of Christchurch? Well, that's another thing entirely.

2 sent chocolate:

Atlanta Roofing said...

Sorry to hear of such misfortune. Offer my good thoughts for the people of New Zealand.My heart goes out to the people of Christchur­ch and in fact to the people of New Zealand. It is a beautiful country with people who are resilient.

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