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Quake

February 24, 2011

Hi All,

No doubt some of you will be aware that a natural disaster hit the city of Christchurch New Zealand just over two days go.

The quake was only 6.3. We had a 7.1 last year that gave us a damn good shake, but luckily there were no fatalities as it struck in the early hours of the morning.

This time we were not so lucky. The quake hit at ten to one in the afternoon when people were out having lunches, walking through the city, enjoying their day. The quake hit only 10km from the central city and at a depth of 5km. This was very shallow for an earthquake and it was extraordinarily damaging.

At this time we have 72 confirmed dead and 328 missing. People are still trapped in collapsed buildings, and we have search and rescue teams from around the world helping. Make no mistake, the death toll will rise. This is a tragedy.

I’m lucky, I was there on Friday and live sufficiently far enough away that we’re not directly affected. I have staff who live there though. New Zealand is a small country. There really are only two degrees of separation here. Everyone knows someone affected be it family, friends, or colleagues.

How does this relate to EvE? It doesn’t except to say this: when you get down to a final analysis, it is still just a game.

Fly Safe,

H

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One Comment
  1. I’m an Aussie in Australia but used to live in NZ for 7 years. I’ve been following this like everyone else, but it’s affected me a little because it’s real, and it’s close, and it affects people I used to live with.

    I hope everyone you know are ok, and I wish you the very best in recovering from this. It’s going to be hard for everyone over there.

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