|BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHEDRAL, CHRISTCHURCH|
The tragic earthquake which struck the City at lunchtime yesterday has produced an appalling loss of life with 65 confirmed dead (38 identified) and at least 150 missing and perhaps more hidden under mountains of rubble.
|Interior of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Christchurch|
The people of Christchurch deserve our continuing prayers - for the dead, the bereaved, those still trapped/missing , those anxiously waiting news of loved ones and friends who are missing, and for all the survivors traumatised by this violent event, following so closely on the earthquake of 4th September last year. Their future holds a great deal of uncertainty in more ways than one as strong aftershocks continued through the night and Government officials are too immediately pre-occupied to consider the issue of future reconstuction or development. The City's sea port of Littleton has evidently also suffered serious damage and loss of life - it was much closer to the epi -centre of the quake.