NZ woke this morning to the news that there had been a large earthquake in the South Iasland.  I was woken in the wee small hours by my phone going off – it was our daughter Alex texting from London checking that we were OK and that we weren’t near the sea. Luckily,  we had moved yesterday from Matai Bay into Kaitaia as we were due to have some work done on the van, but that’s another story.   Yes, we were fine, in fact I had no idea what was happening so I quickly checked the news web sites to see what was going on before settling back to sleep.

We later heard that the Tsunami warning sirens had sounded at Tokerau Beach and friends were evacuated to higher ground which must have been a little unsettling.   

Looking at the news, it look like there is lots of damage especially around Kaikoura and inland around the Hurunui district, with State Highway One impassable.  We feel for the people affected and cannot begin to imagine how stressful it must be. Kia Kaha.


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