I texted some of my friends in Christchurch earlier this afternoon. There was a big earthquake there a couple of hours ago.

One of them, Mark, replying to my query/wish that he and his family are OK replied:

Yes we are
my office fell down while i went to get coffee
saw buildings collapsing before my eyes
will be a lot of dead people

Shocking! It puts our naval-gazing and trivial complaints, defensiveness or taking of ‘offence’ into perspective, doesn’t it?

I’m still worried about those I haven’t heard from yet. – P

+ UPDATE:  OK, all accounted for, but some relatives of friends of mine not completely clear.

There’s a death toll for this earthquake. Bad.