Hi everyone. I live in Christchurch New Zealand & have suffered the terrible earthquakes which have litterally flattened our beautiful city. The only thing we can be thankful for is that only two people were hurt & no-one was killed. Some of us have lost our homes depending on the type of ground our home was standing on. I was one of the lucky ones & only suffered minor damage - 2 holes in the walls where the TV set fell & broke, lost most of my lovely china, & several other items, but hey, I'm alive! I hate the nights when it's dark & the shaking of after-shocks rocks the house. So far we have had well over 150 after-shocks - some of them nearly as fierce as the enitial quake of 7.1 on the Richter scale. Most of all our old heritage buildings in town are now rubble & it will take years to replace or rebuild. The population is still reeling from it all & live in terror for the next shake. Just wish it was all over & back to whatever is normal.

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Comment by Onna Addis on September 25, 2010 at 7:36am
So very sorry to hear of this. Love and Prayers sent your way. I haven't watched tv in days.. I did not know! I hope you are safe. I didn't know New zealand even had quakes..we do in California!
HUGS (((Linette Hale)))
Onna
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 16, 2010 at 11:22pm
We are constantly thinking of you, Lynette. There have been a few enquiries about the lacemakers over in NZ, as we know some of you would be in the South Island, and feeling these aftershocks. I am so glad you are safe, and I hope your family, friends, and other lacemakers are surviving alright.
Those of us here in Australia are very aware of what goes on in New Zealand, and have close ties with your country, and feel for you. Best wishes.
Comment by Lynette Hale on September 16, 2010 at 4:03am
Thankyou everyone for your kind words of comfort. We are still suffering after-shocks - over 500 of them to date & it is only 12 days since the big one. Sleeping is not easy - being shaken awake frequently during the night. However, I still have my home standing - others have not, & their jobs are gone as well.
Comment by Debbie D'Amelio on September 16, 2010 at 1:10am
Lynette--I just saw your post and am so sorry about your difficulties and those of your townspeople. I am glad you and your family are well, tho shaken in more ways than one. My thots are with you.
Comment by Lynette Hale on September 11, 2010 at 4:26pm
Thankyou Lorelei, yes we have water, phone etc; back now. We are still having after-shocks though - about 400 so far in the 9 day period since the 7.1. I do have family - 2 sons & a daughter-in-law. They are still in their houses but one of them has a bit of damage, but I think it is fixable. The mayor, earthquake commision & insurance companies have a long task ahead of them.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 11, 2010 at 2:59pm
Lynette: a 7.1 earthquake is huge. I can't imagine what that was like. I am glad to hear that you are well and that your house is still standing and liveable. Do you have other family nearby and did they get through safe, too? How about public services like water and electricity, are they functionning?
Comment by Devon Thein on September 9, 2010 at 8:36am
Dear Lynette,
I am so glad that you are well, and there was only minor damage to your home. I hope the after shocks subside soon. I can't imagine how frightening this must be. You are in my thoughts, and I am certain, those of others on the list.

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