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Early this morning the beautiful South Island city of Christchurch NZ was struck by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake . There has been no loss of life but the damage is very widespread including smaller towns of the Canterbury Plains.
This photo was taken last year and the city , mountains of the Southern Alps and plains, lie beneath this beautiful sunset... it is hard to believe at the moment that the sun will rise again tomorrow .

We live on the North Island of NZ and gratefully are not effected .

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Sep 04 2010 05:55 GMT fashionmonster94
Lovely sky entry......I LOVE IT! :)
Sep 04 2010 05:56 GMT RachelWoods
a beautiful shot....awful to see such devastation there today....glad you are safe x
Sep 04 2010 06:02 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Rachel x
Sep 04 2010 06:04 GMT mamontof
I glad you okay !
Afther all ,that only bad day !
Great colors capture !
Sep 04 2010 06:06 GMT senna3
I just heard it on the news, a dramatic event.
Sep 04 2010 06:07 GMT MargNZ
Thank you fashionmonster for commenting :)
Sep 04 2010 06:09 GMT MargNZ
Thank you mamontoff .. it certainly was a bad day for the people of Christchurch.
Sep 04 2010 06:11 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Peter .. we have a lot of friends who have been badly effected but unbelievably no loss of life .
Sep 04 2010 06:26 GMT fotothinger
Hi Marg,

My friend Keith lives in New Zealand in christchurch and everything seems to be ok there... I`m happy that he and his family are ok....
Sep 04 2010 07:08 GMT sini
I've heard it on th news...lucky you are not effected...it's a beautiful sky shot!:)
Sep 04 2010 07:45 GMT MargNZ
That is such good news of your friend fotothinger :)
Sep 04 2010 07:46 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Sini .. I appreciate your comments :)
Sep 04 2010 09:00 GMT Danijela
So sorry about sad news, glad that you're ok...good to know that has been no loss of life, everything else is possible to repair.. :)
Sep 04 2010 09:22 GMT skyball
Great shot Marg..sorry to hear about earthquake!!!!....
Sep 04 2010 09:34 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Danijela ... you are so right !
Sep 04 2010 09:35 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Skyball .
Sep 04 2010 12:35 GMT bandsix
I heard on the 7 o'clock news about the earthquake, and thought of you...glad you have not been affected...sorry about those who have though, and the damage that has been caused.
Sep 04 2010 14:00 GMT eleni78 PRO
what a beautiful sky pic!
Sep 04 2010 15:41 GMT iyerhari
very sorry, Pl. take care!
Sep 04 2010 16:10 GMT bennystr
Beautiful tribute Marg.
Sep 04 2010 19:15 GMT yvon
I ,m glad you are okay !
After all ,it was a bad day for the people !
Best wishes
Sep 04 2010 20:53 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Yvon ... yes a very bad day in Christchurch.
Sep 04 2010 20:54 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Benny :)
Sep 04 2010 21:21 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Hunju :)
Sep 04 2010 21:23 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Iyerhari for your thoughts :)
Sep 04 2010 21:23 GMT sirenans
Magical!!!!!!!
Sep 04 2010 21:58 GMT Cooler PRO
Beautiful work, yes a bad day in Christchurch but luckily no lives were lost ;-)
Sep 04 2010 23:24 GMT fhelsing PRO
Wishing everyone well!

The big earthquake that I was in lasted only 15 seconds, but it took years for us to rebuild afterwards. The library where I used to work was closed for five years, so I feel for those folks.

When my brother was in the U.S. Air Force, he used to visit New Zealand quite a bit. He loved Christchurch and took dozens of photos there. Again, I'm wishing for better days ahead for them .......
Sep 04 2010 23:46 GMT lunacrout
Margaret, I was thinking of you today & so happy to hear that you are safe - we, too, are in an earthquake zone - our local village was devastated by an earthquake on Christmas day 1884 in which 58 people lost their lives!
Sep 05 2010 01:58 GMT rainbow71
Great shot. It was a lucky escape, but it will take a lot of time to Heal.
Dad said that it woke him up. He lives 370km away.
Sep 05 2010 02:56 GMT potterjo
Glad you are ok, and that there was no loss of life. The devastation must be horrible, feel for those that have to rebuild their lives.

Beautiful sunset!
Sep 05 2010 04:28 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Fleur :)
Sep 05 2010 04:32 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Barbara ... it happens around the world and for various reasons Christchurch has been lucky. Perhaps due to the time of day 4.35 am and very strict earthquake risk building codes.
Sep 05 2010 04:34 GMT MargNZ
Thank you for your comments Brynjar Thor.
Sep 05 2010 04:36 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Barbara for thinking of me .. that was nice :)
Sep 05 2010 04:37 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Lauretta .. it was some earthquake !
Sep 05 2010 04:41 GMT MargNZ
Thank you Jo for your kind words . Sadly many old heritage buildings have been destroyed or beyond repair but a small price to pay for no loss of life.
Sep 06 2010 01:26 GMT martini957
It is said that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger....I sure hope this is true and the folks that lost so much that was a part of their life are blessed with the strength to endure their loss and become even stronger than they ever thought possible. God bless them!
Sep 06 2010 19:11 GMT jmcdh
Beautiful photo . Glad to hear you and your family are ok

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