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Daddy Is The World Coming To An End?
 By Valkyrie   •   13th Mar 2011   •   5,355 views   •   19 comments
New Zealand EarthquakeThat is the question New Zealand broadcaster Simon Barnett's ten-year-old daughter asked as their house shook on the 22nd of February. Having already survived the 7.0+ magnitude quake of September 2010 and the thousands of aftershocks (some higher than 5.0) since then, everybody in Christchurch instinctively sensed that this one was different. It hit at 12:51pm which is the reason why there were so many casualties; everyone was at work or out and about. Compared to the original quake which occurred at 4am.

It measured 6.0 on the Richter scale but it wasn't the magnitude that counted, it was the location. It was far shallower than the original quake and the seismic waves were multiplied as they rebounded off hard volcanic rock below the Canterbury plain. Buildings already weakened from the constant shaking of the earth since September crumbled into the streets. Office buildings “pancaked” crushing workers inside. Brick walls fell on cars, cracks opened in the roads, stone fell onto buses passing by in the streets below. And unlike the first one this one was fatal.

As I write this it is Saturday, four days after the disaster. Nobody has been pulled alive from the wreckage since Wednesday afternoon. The death toll stands at 123 as of this morning, with 228 missing. Most of whom are trapped inside the Canterbury TV building where it is believed the bodies of 100 staff and international language students remain trapped. People were killed in buildings, on public transport, while getting out of their cars. Those still waiting for news on loved ones have been told not to expect them home. Only six names have been released, the youngest victim so far named has been a five-month-old boy who was born in the wake of the last earthquake and died in this one.

Help from all over the world has arrived, with countries like America, Australia, Britain and several Asian countries sending rescue teams and police officers. The New Zealand Army has set up portable de-salination plants to make thousands of litres of seawater drinkable for those without running mains water.
In the wake of the disaster several low-lives have been arrested for looting. The population of New Zealand has publicly condemned them and from the 24th of February until the 31st of March there will be people gathering in Christchurch to humiliate and shame those who prey on the unfortunate.

For the first time in New Zealand's history a national state of emergency has been declared with geologists saying that “nowhere is safe.” If you look on a map the edges of the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates join up along the length of New Zealand. As a result my country is very mountainous and volcanic...and highly unstable. As this latest disaster shows.

So until all the bodies are recovered and all the survivours safely with their families once more New Zealand remains in mourning. During the day there are at least two news broadcasts completely devoted to the quake, and most of the six o'clock and ten-thirty pm broadcasts are too. Much of the New Zealand Herald this morning was filled with harrowing stories of survival and heroism as well as heartbreak and loss. Sites like www.msn.co.nz and New Zealand's version of Yahoo.com are filled with news stories as well.

In five short months my tiny country has been hit with three disasters (the other being the loss of 29 miners in the Pike River disaster). Sadly, there isn't much we can do but hope.
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No Walkin Farms9  
Wow. Such a powerful article. I remember watching on the news here about that earthquake. So many disasters have been happening lately it seems, what with the lastest earthquake in Japan. It has me a bit freaked out. The West coast of the US lies along a fault line almost exactly like the one near Japan. We're just waiting for it to go and we get our big quake. We know it's coming.
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,399 views
 
DustyRider  
I am scared of what will happen in the future.It will take years to build back the economy.This reminds like the movie 2012, but just happening in different parts of the world.The disasters that have been happening around the world have been way more frequent and i am scared that something big,so big, will happen that it will be out of our hands... all we can do is hope and pray...
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,373 views
 
T E M P E S T  
Wow, that's so sad. :(
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,415 views
 
weezapony  
This is heartbreaking. :'(
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,366 views
 
Candy99  
Oh. My. Gosh. That is extremely sad!!
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,383 views
 
Isadorable  
That's so sad.
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,390 views
 
Spaztastic  
The world is eventually coming to an end. Read your Bibles, I think it willl be soon. We just don't know when...
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,374 views
 
RemRu  
I have no words......:(
  Mar 13, 2011  •  3,376 views
 
Simplicity  
i am worried because i have family over there......
  Mar 14, 2011  •  3,365 views
 
Madeirey  
The world will come to a end. Soon. The Bible predics it and the signs are already appering.
  Mar 14, 2011  •  3,365 views
 
Untamed Heart  
That is so sad...
  Mar 14, 2011  •  3,388 views
 
toffeelola  
I am a Christian and the bible says that nobody knows when, why, or how the world will end, people have tried to predict when the world will end, but since the bible says that nobody knows, this is obviously,(most likely) incorrect. Therefore I don't believe in 2012. I believe that God is giving everyone a warning, to get right with God. I don't think the world is ending.
  Mar 15, 2011  •  3,392 views
 
Emma Watson  
I heard about that on the news the Japans flood and earthqurke
  Mar 15, 2011  •  6,006 views
 
Artista  
Tragic. Beautifully written, but very sad.
  Mar 16, 2011  •  3,373 views
 
athea  
That's so sad.
  Mar 16, 2011  •  3,556 views
 
Clair L  
that sucks im sorry about that i was in school when that happened i hope everything gets better.
  Mar 16, 2011  •  3,396 views
 
scherzo  
You're in our hearts and prayers.
  Mar 16, 2011  •  3,491 views
 
kingfisher  
This is terrible. I just read it now.
  Aug 23, 2011  •  3,368 views
 
lovehorse  
So sad ): £
  25 days ago  •  3,364 views
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