At 4.37AM this morning, people in Dunedin were shaken out of sleep by earth tremors. An earthquake had just struck Christchurch, its epicentre the small harbour-side town of Lyttleton, 30kms South of the city. (Dunedin is 320km - 200 miles - South of Christchurch.) The quake was shallow - just 10kms deep - which is apparently an extra concern. Tsunamis are possible 100km North and South along the coast. All I know at this stage is that the people I've been able to make contact with are safe. Large parts of Christchurch are without power, sewerage, phone lines and/or running water... Please say your prayers (or your versions of prayers) for those being affected in this very moment. Thank you. And take care all. Take best care. xx
Magnitude 7.1 - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Web Update - There's been extensive damage to buildings, but - thankfully, thankfully - few reports of serious injury and no loss of life.