In view of yet another big earthquake in Christchurch today, I'm going to interrupt my naval gazing to let you know that Nelson is OK, and we are OK. Thank you for asking. In fact, I heard that people felt the shake from the bottom of the South Island in Invercargill to halfway up the North Island in Hamilton, but so far I don't know of anyone in Nelson who felt anything. But I spent the day parked in front of the telly from 1.30PM to 11PM today hemming cashmere scarves. It was a strange day.
This time, however, the quake was much shallower, at mere 5km, and much closer to the Christchurch city center; the nearby port town of Lyttleton was reportedly decimated, but we have very little coming out of Lyttleton so far, and only seconds of visuals.
There was a meeting of New Zealand and Australian pediatricians in central Christchurch and among others, these doctors rushed to assist the wounded. 150 Australian search and rescue specialist, (they had a special name - urban something) have also arrived at Christchurch and the rescue will continue overnight.
Please keep the people of Christchurch and greater Canterbury Region in your prayers.