Hopefully one of many stories from #eqnz that has a happy ending
I have been amazed, both in the last earthquake and this – how much more valuable Twitter was for real useful instant information than the MSM. Since last September when anything is happening in the news, I learn a great deal by looking for tweets. And in middle eastern revoltuions, for some of them the only way to communicate with the rest of the world.
Last night i was able to find out that family of friends were all safe and well, when she had not been able to contact them at all. Someone had seen them, and knew they were safe and tweeted that back to me in moments.
A year ago I was a Twitter cynic , but no longer. News by the people as it happens. Now often the place i go to first to find out whats going on
So pleased for you, am across the Tasman and relieved to hear all my kith and kin are ok as well. I have been much the same, keeping up to date via the web, it’s an incredible time to be living, to be so far, and yet so close when such things happen.
i saw this story on the Guardian website – and it was the one that broke me. 12000 miles away from home, i am overwhelmed with pride at how NZ is coping.
and so grateful for the internet for keeping us all informed and connected.
Needless to say I am pleased that your family are safe and well.
The Internet and social media sites have been a wonderful tool highlighting the sadness, resilience and the goodness of the majority of people.
Sadly it has also served to highlight that even in a tragedy such as this there are scum who rise to the surface to take advantage of the suffering of others. The latest incident reported was the theft of three generators keeping telecommunications equipment going.
I generally do not think that imprisonment serves much purpose but in these instances I am prepared to make an exception. I hope those caught looting or taking advantage of people’s misfortunes end up in prison for very long terms. In this instance I would not be unduly distressed if the army were given orders to shoot to kill those found looting.
I live in Central Christchurch.
A woman stands in the super market queue in front of me.
With absolutely no fuss, I see a complete stranger handing her money.
And that is typical of a sense of connectedness.
For every looter there are 1,000’s of kind and wondrous hearts.
This is what we are experiencing now.
Great adversity always brings out the best (and to a lesser extent the worst)in people.Its a somber message for us all about the unpredictable nature of life.Chins up Cantabrians.