The country that we have just returned from, New Zealand has today suffered another catastrophe. The city of Christchurch in the South Island was hit by another major earthquake of 6.3 magnitude and sadly, the reports are coming out this time, of multiple fatalities and major devastation in the city and its surrounding areas. We were just finishing up our studies for the morning when my son told me to turn on the television news. The live unedited pictures were showing collapsed office buildings and people being pulled out in shock, many are still trapped in the rubble.
We used to live in the Canterbury region and have visited Christchurch on many occasions. Its streets and Cathedral square are such familiar places. It is a beautiful city with many ornate buildings. How sad to see the city cathedral which survived the last quake, collapsed, its spire gone.
We have friends who live in Christchurch, so just praying that they are safe and well. Please pray for all those who are affected by this disaster and that those who are still alive and trapped will be found soon by the rescuers.
God defend New Zealand.