Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Dark Day for Christchurch

People trapped under crumbled buildings, dozens missing and dead bodies just littering the streets. These are just some of the major cases we’ve heard of since the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch on Tuesday the 22nd at around about 12:51pm-most people were on their lunch break at the time.

This has been recorded as New Zealand’s worst natural disaster since 1931 when an earthquake measuring 7.8 hit the North Island city of Napier and destroyed most of it but also killed 256 people. The death toll for the 6.3 quake is 100+ and rising, its estimated to reach 200.

Many things were lost in this natural disaster including houses. It has been a massive struggle to collect water as their water system was dismantled and it has been a big challenge to find good accommodation and shelter. There has been a report that a lady has been very kind and had been able to give food to around 100 people.

Christchurch was home to many historic buildings, one of them being the famous Christchurch Cathedral. One of the Cathedrals towers were destroyed due to the devastating quake and about 22 people are believed to be trapped in that area of the Cathedral.

People from all around the world have sent their condolences even some very famous people like Barack Obama (the President of the United States) and the Queen of England. Some people have even come from places like Japan, Australia and America to help out.

My school has decided that they we will fundraise some money and then send some it down to Christchurch to help them buy some supplies and stuff that they desperately need. I pray that Christchurch will once again be able to move on from this, as they did in the 2010 earthquake and for the families that have lost their loved ones.

If you would like to see some shots of Christchurch before and after the earthquake, you can go to this website


Amanda Lloyd said...

Hello, from across the ocean, Sela! I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange, my teacher, has asked me to comment on your blog and I'm so glad he did. You have answered a question that I blogged to another student at Pt. England school recently...How are the people of Christchurch doing? Your post was very informative and well written. Like you, we are concerned about the people of Christchurch and pray for their recovery. We can all join together now in praying for the unfortunate events that have taken place in Japan. Nature is a powerful thing. Isn't it? I am so impressed by your new Intermediate School! You are very fortunate to have a new and exciting environment for learning...and wow, netbooks for the whole class! That's awesome and should inspire you and your classmates to continue to write creative blog posts! Keep up the good work, Sela! Take a look at my blog to know more about may surprise you to know that I'm 41 years old! See, you're never too old to a life-long learner!

Jaylee said...

Hello Sela great work on the Christ church writing you do have a lot of faith in you for Christchurch I am sure they would love you for company
Just sad how they are struggling over there If I had one wish it would be to help Christchurch you can help them by sponser someone for there with food and shelter.

Gloria said...

Hello there,

I like your story about Camp Take Charged. I want to come but I went to the yr 5 and 6 Camp that was call Camp Charged Up. It was really fun! Just like your Camp was. I hope you write more great and exciting stories!

Keep up the good work!