A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Christchurch in the South Island early this morning causing huge damage across the entire city but fortunately, as far as is known so far, no loss of life.
And news has just broken, that a plane has crashed this afternoon in Fox Glacier, on the South Island’s West Coast, killing all nine people on board.
Crappy things that just suck. If you can, spare a moment to send a prayer (if that’s your thing) or good thoughts (more my speed) their way.
The company I work for has 4 stores in Christchurch and although I’m based in Auckland, I visit these guys several times a year. One store is in a mall and has reportedly flooded due to pipe breaking on the upper level and three are in the cordoned off region of the central city and from what we have heard the stores and, much more importantly, the people who work there are okay aside from damaged property.
This is gonna be a long one to sort out.