Thank you all so very much for caring, asking, sending emails or making a comment, or finding me on Facebook.
They are a very big comfort as I see the devastation further south, homes gone, roads impassable, people stranded, others worried as there would be no cell phone coverage. The clean-up will be massive down south. Evacuations are in full swing, the elderly, frail, sick, and families with young children had priority, tourists who needed to get to connecting flights, and then in came the rescuers , by helicopter and by ship. Hundreds of locals, tourists, and families were isolated at Kaikoura, a town near the coast and popular for tourists with whale watching, and the yummy crayfish delicacy.Massive slips have cut off all roads to the north and south.
The earthquake on Monday morning has been upgraded to 7.8 magnitude, after further data has been received.
Did you know that at the moment warships from other countries are here at Auckland, taking part in the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Singapore
have all offered assistance to New Zealand to assist with help needed in the South Island areas devastated by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake early Monday 14th November.These offers have been accepted with huge gratitude.
The fleet of international warships is bypassing Auckland's historic naval celebrations and heading for Kaikoura to assist with the earthquake response.
The HMCS Vancouver from Canada, the USS Sampson from US, the HMAS Darwin from Australia, and a United States Marine Corps P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft will join the relief teams. Our own HMNZS Wellington, HMNZS Canterbury have arrived, and will assist with supplies, and evacuation of hundreds of people still there, who have not been transported by helicopter( or small planes that have been privately chartered ).
New Zealand is a small country, about the same size as Colorado in the US, or we would fit 4 times into Ontario. We live in the North Island, and the earthquake was near Culverden in the South Island, a straight line distance of 400km.
After-shocks continue ,supplies are coming into the isolated areas, and after severe flooding in the Wellington area and further North, we are wondering when will life be back to normal.
For all those who love their animals, the news is that Max is doing well, and out and about once again. Better than that, pets in the Kaikoura and surrounding areas will be evacuated with their owners.A team from Wellington SPCA will oversee the rescue. Pets will be microchipped if necessary to prevent them being misplaced. And they will go to Christchurch by sea, it is being called “ Noah’s Ark” and is the largest marine evacuation of animals in New Zealand .
Red poppies and white Dutch Iris in the garden , just to show how nature can give us beauty amidst huge turmoil.
Quotation of the day from Oscar Wilde
“The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the greatest intention”
Greetings from Jean