Tuesday, February 22, 2011

President Joliffe of the New Zealand Wellington Mission Reports on New Zealand Earthquake

President Joliffe of the New Zealand Wellington Mission reports that all missionaries are safe and accounted for. They are still working on locating all our church members in the area.

Christchurch, New Zealand was shaken by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at 12:51pm on 22 February, 2011. The epicentre of the quake was in the harbour town of Lyttelton and was only 5 kilometres deep. A state of civil emergency has been announced in Christchurch. Due to the timing nature of the quake it appears to have caused casualties and more severe damage than the quake in September of 2010. Loss of life has been confirmed but it is too early to provide numbers. People are entrapped in rubble throughout the city, many calling for help. Television reports state that local hospitals are full to capacity. The Christchurch airport has been closed until further notice. Aftershocks’ continue on a regular basis.

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