Dear Family & Friends: We are having so many new and exciting adventures to tell you about. We get up around 5:45am and go as fast as we can until bedtime, learning our new responsibilities and having a peek at this BEAUTIFUL country. We hope in this blog we can express how blessed we are to testify of Jesus Christ and serve Him in this amazing corner of the world! HAERE MAI* to our blog, we're glad you are visiting us!.....(*This means 'WELCOME' in the Maori language)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Crisis in Christchurch

The day after the Mormon Helping Hands event we toured the city and were humbled and shocked by the destruction we saw.  As you remember, Christchurch was the epicenter of 2 major earthquakes that have taken place in the past few months.  We couldn't see the city center where the most damage was sustained because it was blocked and protected from looters by military and police.   But everywhere we were able to drive we saw devastation.  Most damaged or destroyed buildings are just like they were after the quake, some are in various stages of rebuilding, and every so often there is a cleared lot where a building used to be.  Many areas with houses still standing still do not have utilities and can not flush their toilets.  And the people continue to be traumatized by continual aftershocks, some quite large.  There was a fairly large one while we were there which was unnerving to say the least.  Here is a glimpse of what we saw:

Do these photos make you want to check your emergency supplies and reassess how prepared you are for an emergency???  We sure did, and have plans to do better when we get home!

1 comment:

  1. Aha so you have seen a little of the South island but your mind must have been on other important things rather than the scenery. It was a horrible disaster for the friendly people of Christchurch.