Early on Saturday morning, our hometown of Christchurch was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. There has been a lot of damage, and about 20% of houses are uninhabitable. Sewage pipes and water pipes have burst in some areas and this has caused some flooding. Because it happened early on Saturday morning, there were very few people out and about, and providentially nobody was killed.
All our family memebers are safe, though nobody has escaped without some damage to their houses or the contents of their homes.
It was a similar magnitude as the recent Haiti quake, but NZ has a good building code for earthquakes, so the damage was much less severe. There’s a lot of damage to brick buildings and older buildings, and lots of things fell off shelves etc, but again, no loss of life.
What an appropriate verse Psalm 99:1 is: The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. We know that God is sovereign and in control. Please remember Christchurch people in prayer, as they get over the shock, as they heal and as they get their homes back in order (or tearing old ones down and building new ones in the worse cases!).
To all the Christchurch folks, know that you are in our prayers!