Back in September the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake that rocked the city while the world watched. On February 22nd it happened again. This time a 6.3 magnitude quake hit near the city causing more fatalities and destruction than the one in September. In fact the February quake is now the second deadliest earthquake in New Zealand history, 70 years to the month after the most deadly one, the Hawke’s Bay quake of 1931 (Stuff.co.nz).
Stacey, a native of Canada, has been a resident of Christchurch for four years. She sent this email to her friends and family on March 1st and generously allowed us to republish it.
It has now been seven days since Christchurch was hit with yet another earthquake, this one proving to be the most devastating one yet. Here’s an update from my perspective, and I emphasize that this is my perspective only – for more detailed coverage, check out www.stuff.co.nz.More