Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Message to my New Zealand Readers

The epicenter of the recent seismic activity, focused around Christchuch. (Geology.com)

You've probably heard it, seen it, or read it by now, but yesterday at 1pm Christchuch time (7pm EST) a large earthquake, registering 6.3 on the Richter Scale rocked the Southern island of New Zealand. Of course, this was just one in a long line of aftershocks descended from a 7.1 earthquake back in September. There are dozens declared dead already, with hundreds wounded and thousands without power. Flights out of the country are suspended.

While I don't normally look into current events on the Steamer's Trunk, there are many friends and readers of the blog in New Zealand and it's my greatest hope that they, their families, and their friends are safe.

Take care, kiwis.

-Miss Kagashi

Just to lighten the mood a bit- a cycling band from 19th century Christchurch. (Kimballtrombone)

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  1. Christchurch is one of my favourite cities in the world. I'm from Australia, and I visited Christchurch and wrote a book while staying in a backpacker within sight of the cathedral. Much of my book was written in the cathedral or the Botanic Gardens.
    Way back in history, residents were required to have a certificate of piety to live there.

    Louise Curtis

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  2. Thank you for this. It's a hard time for us, but it's great to know that so many people around the world have us in their thoughts. It's also been wonderfully uplifting to see just how much the citizens of Christchurch have been rallying together to help each other out in these hard times. To see our emergency services (and those on loan from other countries) doing their damnedest to keep us all safe.

    While it's a current event, it's also about our past, too. Christchurch was a city founded in the 1840s. Some of our oldest and most important historical buildings have been damaged and destroyed by these earthquakes, even after being architecturally strengthened to help preserve them. Some of the most visible symbols of our heritage.

    Once the immediate emergency passes, we'll have
    some big civic decisions to make. What can we save? What can/should we rebuild? How shall we rebuild and revitalise our city? Should we try to do so in a way that honours and reflects our history, or make something new and different?

    These questions are both technical and cultural. They affect the heart of our city both emotionally and geographically. I don't know how they'll be answered.

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