When the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch in September of last year I was very remiss about informing you of my status. You may or may not be aware that Christchurch experienced a second earthquake (magnitude 6.3; depth 5 km and centred 10 km southeast of Christchurch) at 12.51 PM (local time) today.
To clarify, I reside in Auckland, which is near the top of the North Island; Christchurch is approximately halfway down the east coast of the South Island (but slightly inland). I have distant family and a good friend (cyphomandra) in Christchurch - all are well. However, the effects of this earthquake appear far more catastrophic and devastating than the first, with reports of multiple fatalities and collapsed buildings, including the Christchurch Cathedral.
My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch.