posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 03:06 AM
I'm in Canterbury, just outside Christchurch, we were close to the original 7.1 epicentre.
Can I just say that there is no mass exodus from Christchurch, quite the opposite in fact (excepting those who are currently away staying with
friends/rellies due to no water/power - but even they are keen to get back).
The amazing thing about this country is the attitude of its people. I am a British expat living here permanently, have done for 7 yrs, and this quake
has done nothing but increase my (and my hubby's) bond with the place. Everyone we speak to says the same - whether their house is trashed or not -
and that is that we WILL rebuild, we WILL stay and we LOVE our city and country.
There are many people still not able to return home, or living in terrible conditions - I have friends in this predicament and have had families come
to stay here for relative safety in the immediate aftermath. However, considering the ground accelerations were the biggest EVER recorded within a
built up city, we have come through this fairly well.
Unfortunately, many of us know people who have died or were injured, such is the nature of a small city where everyone seems to know everyone else,
but even so, we won't give up on Christchurch and Canterbury.
Kia Kaha (stay strong) is our motto