It is great to be a Cantabrian today....we rode the ride of a lifetime, all 45 seconds at 7.1 on the Richter scale and came out the other side with NO loss of life!!! Can't beat that record. 6 lives were lost in the Inangahua quake of 1968 which was at the same reading although due to current reports, incomparable.
Christchurch and it's surrounds survived a miraculous event of which we should all be extremely grateful.
The quake shook us all up physically and emotionally and we will never be the same again. Families and communities clamour together for support and realise the fragility of our existence.
Some are thanking God, but that would mean that we are special and those that have perished before us are not. I am just grateful in general that the timing was such that only material goods were harmed.
Go Canterbury, go us!