bravo Frances, good idea to open a chat about real life!
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New Zealand Earthquake
This group doesn't seem to be very active in communicating with each other but I am a member so thought you might like to be kept informed.
I've rung the Red Cross missing persons in NZ. Finally got the right number by using Twitter. Christchurch City Council came back with the right number for callers outside NZ so that was nice, then they posted it up for everyone else. I'm still waiting, a week later, for news of my mother and brother and am assuming no news is good news. In the meantime I've thought about Christchruch and my 30+ years there a lot. Yesterday I received a Skype call from my oldest friend (we met at high school when I was 15) and she's Ok , just some broken windows.
I've a written a piece on my blog http://francesbigadventure.blogspot.com as I recall some importances for me and I am attaching some YouTube files here for those of you who like Bruce Springsteen and want to see what the disaster is like for ordinary folks from a modern city.
My best friend is a kiwi (from oamaru) and has almost been crying non-stop since this happened, her dad was in christchurch seeing a horse auction and the horses went apeshit....
The red cross are taking donations but you can also use paypal to send money direct to people you know, I have done this to friends of my best friend who have had their house completely collapse and were left with only the clothes on their back.
The eathquake keep continuiing and many of my friends are considering whether they should live if they still have a house.
NewsTalkradio are taking messages and trying to help people find each other. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/
I hope your family and friends are safe there are still problems with power so some people have sought refuse elsewhere until power is restored f they have a house.
Courage for the cantabrians!
Thanks so much for the message. It has been nerve-wracking. I've been watching videos and tv and newspaper sites as much as possible to share the experience and try to come to terms with it all.
This morning I received a message from my previous boss in Auckland to say that the NZ Police say my mother is OK. There were no details, just that.
I'm assuming my brother is OK too; maybe they are in a shelter because their areas of the city were evacuated.
So to all of you who sent messages of support, thanks so much. Unfortunately it's not over for Cantabrians and it will affect the whole of NZ financially.