FROM THE NEWS DESK
In 2011, we all stopped and watched helplessly as Christchurch was almost flattened by an earthquake.
This week a destructive force has ripped through New Zealand once more.
Two quakes, lasting about two minutes hit North Canterbury.
Roads, shops and family homes have been reduced to rubble. Lives have been lost.
I can not imagine how grief stricken and helpless people affected must be feeling.
I am always shocked by how resilient people are when faced with adversity. Appeals and collections for earthquake disaster relief have been created, with people giving generously.
GNS seismologist Caroline Holden says more quakes are ‘‘very likely’’ during the coming months. As aftershocks continue please remember to DROP, HOLD and COVER.
For those affected, our thoughts are with you.
If you know of any Southlandbased appeals, let us know.
- Joanna Griffiths