Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Christchurch Quake

On the day of the big quake I shot this little video. Everything was a bit chaotic and at the time I was still struggling to get in contact with my friends and loved ones. I think this helped a bit because it felt like I was getting a message out - even if the video stayed on my phone until today.

When I reflect on how I am safe and most of my friends seem to be safe I still get a little emotional. With so much loss and disorder around me, I'm thankful that I can even say the words, "I'm safe".

Even as I write this message aftershocks still rumble the building around me. My love goes out to the families of Christchurch in the Red Cross shelters, the rooms shared with 12 others, the tents, the last-minute hostel accommodation. I wish peace on those who don't have a home anymore, who saw their world crumble with a mudslide, who struggle with the flooding and the fires. I have no words worthy enough for those who still search for news of their sisters, brothers, children, and friends.

If you are looking for a missing person in Christchurch OR have any information about a person, please use the Google Person Finder.

Please consider donating to the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal (link is currently broken on my end, but it should hopefully work).

For other ways to help or for more information, start here.

1 comment:

Romy said...

I know that I can’t even imagine what you, your friends and family are going through. The devastation…they keep showing images on T.V. - 98 dead and 200 missing so far. I’ve had to take stock of a lot but what it all boils down to is well-being. I am beyond grateful you’re all well.