Update: Christchurch Earthquake
February 24, 2011
Update on Christchurch, New Zealand, Earthquake by James Moore:
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We have been able to cope at the welfare centres so far—all of us have trained hard to prepare ourselves for events like this. We also have learned from September’s earthquake; however, this recent earthquake has been a greater challenging for us.
Since the earthquake we haven’t really had much sleep; it is very difficult for us to get any rest even when we do try to sleep. We have all been doing long hours working at the welfare centre; last night I spent about 14 hours helping to operate the welfare centre by doing all the radio and phone communications, organising work for other volunteers, ordering in equipment, organising flights, hygiene, security, planning and raising other concerns.
So it has been pretty stressful. I’m reasonably tired; however, I’m really struggling to get any sleep like everyone else because of the aftershocks and I cannot stop thinking about how we can improve the welfare centre.
However, this is nothing compared to what other people are going through. I really feel sorry for the people I met previously in the September earthquake who are (now) staying in the welfare centre and cannot return to their homes. Although we do have challenges, I feel really blessed that we have a roof over our head and my friends are still alive. I better try and get some sleep before I have to go back in again. Thanks once again for your prayers and thoughts.