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Thursday, February 24, 2011

DISASTER DOWN UNDER

Our hearts go out to the poor people of Christchurch, New Zealand, who have experienced the worst damage from an earthquake ever. It was such a beautiful city, now a pile of rubble. There are 98 dead and 200 missing. Searchers are still looking for survivors 3 days later. Many have been dragged out with amazing stories of survival. However, there are too many tales of heart ache.
These teenage children have just been told that their mother would not have survived the destroyed CTV building, where she worked as an announcer. The building had gas explosions and fire.
 The destroyed CTV building

The iconic old cathedral lost its steeple and sustained awful damage. Many people were killed inside.
(photos from Courier Mail site)
Floods, Cyclone Yasi, bushfires in WA and now an Earthquake in neighbouring NZ. What's next, down under?

24 comments:

  1. Don't know what to say, so terrible..

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  2. Absolutely unbelievable pain they are suffering. How horrible. So very sad.

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  3. What a catastrophe! For the people and the beautiful buildings of Christchurch. I feel with the people of Christchurch.

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  4. Absolutely heartbreaking, Diane.

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  5. We have been following this in SA, too. I have an aunt and cousin living near Auckland, so thankfully nowhere near the earthquake on South Island, but a nephew's inlaws live in Christchurch and survive unscathed, although their home was damaged once again. They have a friend who was trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building, but I don't yet know whether that had a happy ending.

    It seems the whole world is being bombarded by disasters of one type or another, both natural and manmade.

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  6. Another tragedy happened, it was sad it's the morning I wake up and on the tv and saw this breaking news. Many will injured and traumatize, Godbless them all.

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  7. My heart & soul are with these people..unthinkable. Unimaginable. Unbelievable tradegy. Sending prayers and love...

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  8. It is heartbreaking to see pictures and read about this terrible tradegy. So sad to know how quickly lives can be changed forever.
    God Bless the people of Christchurch.
    Sunny

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  9. Tragic! And that old church. So sad. My daughter has a friend living in New Zealand. She's trying to find out how she is. So many disasters are happening.

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  10. There was another story from Christchurch on the news program we were watching this morning. The destruction is unbelievable. Down under has certainly had more than its share of disasters recently. Hopefully this is the last.

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  11. They say things come in threes so maybe that will be the last. I hope so. It is so tragic.

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  12. I read the news of down under and want to shout "Enough! Why them? Go rattle and pound and drown the lands where people seek destruction,give them other things to engage their interests besides worrying the people of the free world, do not destroy the lands where the people are at peace!"

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  13. Very tragic! I can't imagine the distress of those having loved ones trapped beyond the rubble - heartbreaking.

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  14. So much devastation...it is truly heartbreaking...

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  15. Well, I really hope nothing more will happen next. I have been watching the news about the earthquake and is heartbreaking. I will keep the people of Christchurch in my prayers.

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  16. The look on the young man's face is heartbreaking.
    So many tragic events in the world this past year.
    Prayers for all.

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  17. Hi Diane, These pictures just broke my heart. Seeing those teenagers in that first photo made me cry. How very very sad.

    AND--seeing that gorgeous cathedral is also heart-breaking.

    My prayers are with the people in Christchurch.

    We are under a tornado watch tonight... GADS!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. I too saw this disaster in the News ! I was worried about a blogfriend who lives in New Zeeland but fortunately in her area was no damages. It's terrible for the moment, wherever you look there are natural or human disasters ! It's getting hard to look at the News !

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  19. I guess when you visit a city the big buildings stay in your imagination. I remember sitting opposite the old cathedral feeding the sea gulls so it's a shock to see it tumbled down.

    Add the fires in the west of the list of recent horrors. We've had enough for a while.

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  20. No words can describe the tragedy but PAULINE from New Zealand has included a written report of a survivor on her blog. http://paulinespaddock.blogspot.com/2011/02/day-earth-roared.html

    The picture of the children is so sad. It brought tears to my eyes.

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  21. Absolutely heartbreaking. Those poor kids, so many stories of loss.

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  22. Heartbreaking is the only word I can think of to describe my feelings about this event. There has been so much tragedy down your way lately, hopefully there will be no more.

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