Thoughts and prayers please. There has been a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch. It was only 6km deep and about 10km from the city centre. There has been massive damage with buildings down and there must have been loss of life - probably extensive.
Although the earthquake they had in September was 7.1 this one has done much more damage because it was so shallow and so close - and of course many buildings have been weakened by the earlier quake and the hundreds of aftershocks that have followed.
I have family up there. My oldest daughter is there. The place she rents is a mess but she is ok and my wife's parents are all right but there will be many devestated families as this all unfolds.
One of the TV networks has been shooting live and it is gut wrenching to watch.