Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A whole lot of shaking going on

For those of you who haven't heard, my little country is having a rough time.

For the first time in New Zealand's history, it has been declared a state of national emergency. For the second time in six months, one of our major cities, Christchurch, has experienced a major earth quake.

The death toll, 31 hours after the event, stands at 75, with hundreds still missing. The national news channel, is running non-stop news coverage. The images coming through are heartbreaking. Whole towns, buildings, roads, and the complete city center, shaken to the ground.

Thank you, for those of you who sent well wishes!! My ponies and I, are safe, being situated on the other island and well out of the danger zone. However i ride a horse for a client, who lives in Christchurch, thankfully she is safe, but has lost just about everything in the quake. I heard a farmer on the radio had to shoot all his favorite cows, because they had fallen in a crevasse which opened up in his paddock. My heart goes out to them all!!

Disaster like this put everything in perspective!!