Word of the Week: Transcendence

Terrible quake in Christchurch New Zealand

A shallow quake, especially one that lasts a long time, will cause a tremendous amount of damage. This one did. It was a 6.6 by NZ standards, a 6.3 according to USGS, but it was only 4 feet deep and reverberated for over a minute. A shallow, long lasting quake such as this would have caused more damage than last year's 7.3.

A twitter commenter said "Watching TV3 live - apocalyptic...lots of car horns, sirens, confused people and the Cathedral has no top". This videographer said "It's terrifying."

This was the first photo posted on Twitpic:

Radio New Zealand reported widespread damage to the city centre, with a church on Durham St collapsed and concrete lifted by up to a metre. A Newstalk ZB reporter in Christchurch said liquefaction was spewing out of the ground at St Albans High School. School kids had to be removed from the fields with liquefaction also spewing from the tennis courts.


  1. I have family in NZ...they are okay but asking for prayers for those in the disaster area.

  2. @Ma - Please pass on to your family that Believers in Ukraine are also praying for those in the disaster area. At our prayer meeting this afternoon, NZ was high on the list. May many be brought to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through this disaster.

  3. ColoradoColumbine,

    Thank you so much for your prayers. May many be brought to HIM indeed!

  4. Thank you ColoradoColumbine, and thank you for letting us know, Ma~. I'm glad your family is OK. I immediately thought of the Haitian repentance that swept the city after the quake. I hope that the same occurs in NZ.


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