Awoke today feeling quite emotional after a restless night’s sleep.
One year ago today 22nd February 2011 at 1251 life changed forever for the city of Christchurch.
I was an hour north when the violent earthquake rocked much of the South Island of New Zealand and devastated the 500 000 inhabitants of the city of Christchurch.
I sat with my parents glued to the TV freaking out internally as aftershocks came and went. Waiting for a number of hours to hear news from our family members who we knew were in the middle of Christchurch at the time.
For many the wait was much longer family and friends waited days even weeks to find out the fate of those they had lost; Grandparents, Parents, Sons, Daughters, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Husbands and Wives as well as good friends. 185 people died on or as a result of that day.
It’s difficult not to shed tears today for those who have lost loved ones and for those who are struggling to rebuild their lives. Earthquakes and aftershocks continue to strike on a daily basis. Hospitals are still devastated by damage but the staff continue to work in very tough conditions & workers risk their lives to tear down the city piece by piece to make it safe again.
I am amazed at the strength of those who have remained in the city – it is more than you or I can imagine. If you have the time today take a few minutes and think of Christchurch, say a prayer, remember them.