A level 3 emergency has been raised in Christchurch following a 6.3 earthquake today just before 1pm, and the whole area is on a high alert. The damage is reported as being extensive and the centre of the city has been extensively damaged with several building knocked down. there are a number of shelters and welfare centres being set up for those whose homes have been further damaged or destroyed.
However, our Miss D is Ok, a little frazzled, but she is OK and so are her immediate family. That is great news particularly as there are multiple reported fatalities, as yet unconfirmed.
Phonelines are down, as is electricity to some areas, and Civil Defence is asking that phone lines be kept as clear as possible for emergency services.
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our thoughts and prayer with all those in Christchurch
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