There are three triage sites. There is at least one serious fire. People are in that building. The firefighters are using helicopters and monsoon buckets as it is impossible to get fire fighting traffic in.
Ambulances are being supplemented by private vehicles.
The Christchurch Cathedral is severely damaged and the spire has come down. We hope all the people got out but it has been suggested there were people in the tower.
Most of the people are out of the Press building but some remain trapped under their desks under loads of rubble..
Gas is being shut off. This is the reticulated gas for heating and cooking.
There has been a huge landslide at Sumner.
I can't imagine what has happened at Lyttleton. This is one of our major ports and was severely damaged in the last quake. This earthquake was centred near Lyttleton. The Navy are there off the ship Canterbury. It sounds as though there is not the same concern for trapped people but buildings collapsed. A reporter who walked over the hills to get there says the people are gathered on their front lawns making a cup of tea on a primus.
Again Liquifaction, sand acting like water, is causing serious concern. Roads are a mess.
It sounds as though every home will have damage if only the stuff falling off shelves.
People are leaving the city.
Central city is being evacuated.
Many people trapped in buildings. Very dangerous rescue work as buildings unstable and much damage and rubble.
Buildings that withstood the September earthquake have collapsed. It's a mess.
Still poor communication and we have no idea how one son and his wife and her parents are. Amanda's mother was in hospital recovering from a stroke.
One son and his wife are safe. Again they were away from the area of serious damage.
It's a disaster and I can't imagine what ur other son is having to cope with as he will be out with road safety.
Naturally we are anxious. We have other relatives in Christchurch. It's the town John grew up in.