I'm sure everybody has heard. It's left me upset and numb with shock. I was born in Christchurch, and still think of the city as my home even though I've not lived there for 30 years. It is a part of me, and it always will be. Thankfully I have no family there, and the friends I had in school are no longer in touch with me so I'm not as anxious or worried as what I otherwise should be.
But it's still upsetting.
Most of the city still has no water or electricity. It'll be months before Christchurch can get to its kness again, let alone think of standing tall once more. 102 people have lost their lives and that number will rise. There are natural disasters all over the world, but when it touches you this close (if not in distance then definitely emotionally) things just seem magnified.
Us Cantabrians are a proud, stoic bunch, but the city needs help. Any sort of donation, however small, will surely be appreciated.
If anyone is interested in helping, then I guess the first place to start is the New Zealand Red Cross. www.redcross.org.nz