Thank you, to everybody who contacted me about the earthquake in Christchurch. We are sufficiently removed from the quake center that we did not even know about it until my parents rang from Japan this morning. From reports on the radio, it appears some buildings and roads were damaged, electricity and therefore communication iffy, but there seems to be, thus far, not a lot of injuries.
Nelson is just a little windy, proof spring is upon us, and there is a fresh dump of snow on the hills, but otherwise is experiencing a crisp sunny morning.
Thank you, again, for your concern.
[EDIT] Tapestry artist Marilyn Rea-Menzies writes: "Thank you people. We are fine. My old house weathers this sort of stuff very well. Not sure how the studio is. Haven't talked to Anne (Field)yet as I'm not sure if her power is on or not.
"I was in the Inangahua earthquake years ago, 1968 I think, and this quake is quite similar. It started out quite light and slowly built up into a full blow heavy shake. I stood under a door and was lucky that none of my bookshelves fell over, only a few knick knacks fell and got broken, so not so bad. The water and sewerage in the city might be a problem for a while."
[EDIT] Sonya, of Insanity Looms, writes she has some clean up to do, but did not suffer serious damages, and the looms are standing pretty.