The quake was in Christchurch on the South Island. They had an even stronger one on September last year but it was during the night, so nobody died. It is much different this time. The quake struck in the middle of the business day and while it wasn’t as strong, it was much shallower and much more violent. Downtown Chch is completely destroyed, 39 people have been confirmed dead and there are up to 200 hundred still missing and/or confirmed trapped in collapsed buildings. It is truly horrific!
Luckily we’re living in Wellington, which is in the South of the North Island. We’re sitting right on the Pacific fault line and seeing an earthquake that size hitting Christchurch is extremely scary! We don’t have family in Canterbury (Christchurch region) but a lot of friends who do. New Zealand is such a small country, the impact of the quake is felt everywhere. Christchurch and the Canterbury region are going to take a long time to recover and they need all the help, love and understanding they can get.
If you want to donate, the Salvation Army allows online donations from anywhere in the world here https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp
ASB, ANZ and the National Bank are also taking donations.
ASB Bank: Account number: 12-3205-0146808-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ASBBNZ2A
ANZ Bank: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ANZBAU3M
National Bank: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ANZBNZ22
I’m sure you can also donate online to the New Zealand Red Cross but I can’t get any information on that at the moment as their website seems to be overloaded.
If you could please forward these details to your network that would be amazing!
If you want to keep up to date, there is a great national news website here: www.stuff.co.nz
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!
If you yourself can't donate, please forward this along to everyone you know.