MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS
It’s been a rocky ride, the aftershocks are definitely not helping in settling down and we find it hard to motivate the kids to go anywhere away from home, especially when not staying all together. More than 270 aftershocks of force 3 or more since Saturday early morning are not helping. But how can you complain knowing that there are the first who lost their jobs, others who lost their retirements and dream houses, part of New Zealand‘s heritage and the list goes on.
Staying calm for the sake of the kids is more difficult, and it is weird when you get on high alert when a truck passes. I pray for endurance, patience, peace and safety or all. Seeing the news coverage I feel guilty being at home with the boys because that’s all they want to be at.
Quake STUFF.co.nz HEADLINES
…the wider South Island is welcoming Cantabrians fleeing the region to escape nerve-jangling aftershocks – including a clutch of five overnight.There were five sizable shocks between midnight and 7am, ranging between magnitudes 3.5 and 4.5.There have been two more since 9am, at magnitudes 3.2 and 3.Moteliers in Kaikoura reported Christchurch people arriving looking tired and on edge.”The first thing they say is: ‘Are you getting the aftershocks?’,” one said.Ritchies Intercity buses regional manager Malcolm Budd said the company had fielded desperate calls from people in tears.”They are over it, sick of it. Since the big [aftershock] [yesterday] morning we’ve had an influx of calls from people wanting out of the city.”Kaikoura Gateway Motel operator Sue Wright said a group of more than 30 arrived yesterday without reservations and took 16 rooms.Distraught families are fleeing Christchurch to escape relentless aftershocks, while others turn to counselling and medication to ease their panic.Many parents are sending their terrified children out of town for respite in the wake of yesterday’s shallow 5.1 magnitude aftershock – the strongest of more than 270 tremors above magnitude 3 since Saturday’s devastating 7.1 quake.
Children’s reactions “will depend entirely on how the parents are reacting”, she said. “Children look to the parents to see if the world is safe or not. It is critical that parents are calm. Don’t have children around when you’re panicking.” Christchurch counsellor Pablo Godoy said continual aftershocks were making it hard for people to cope.
“For instance, we had a young person come in. A truck drove past and that rattled the room a little bit – that triggered their fear response.”
Read all the latest news via Quake: Waimakariri River contaminated | Stuff.co.nz.
- Big quake aftershocks plague New Zealand city (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Aftershocks rattle quake-hit NZ city (reuters.com)
- Aftershocks rattle nerves in New Zealand (theglobeandmail.com)
- Christchurch, New Zealand Suffering Big Quake Aftershocks (huffingtonpost.com)
- You: Christchurch shaken by severe aftershock (nation.com.pk)