Christchurch Earthquake Update: A Week Later

28 Feb

On February 22nd, Christchurch NZ was decimated by yet another earthquake. Months before, a 7.0 rocked Christchurch, causing severe damage and many casualties.

The Feb 22nd 6.3 quake destroyed everything in it’s path, laying already weakened building to waste like playing card houses knocked over by a bored child.

If you read the blog, you already know that I’m helping with Aid Organizations, trying to get materials and supplies into NZ as fast as possible. I have, WE (here at RR) have friends in Christchurch.

One of them still hasn’t been found yet.

Our prayers for him (his family and ALL the people affected by this disaster) are lubricated by our tears.

Imagine Mother Nature grabbing your city firmly by its spine and then shaking it into rubble…

I’ve spent the last week, working with others to help establish supply lines and create avenues for aid and rescue volunteers.

And while I’m doing that, I’m getting emails telling me that I should “mind my own business and stick to writing posts about ISBU construction”.

I’m being told that I should just let them “take care of their own messes”.

Seriously, I have a stack of emails filled with angst because I’m talking about aid to a shattered city and not about how to build a foundation pier for a Corten Box.

As of a few hours ago (as I type this):

  • There are 140 confirmed deaths.
  • There are hundreds of injuries.
  • Over 50 people are still confirmed as missing.

Christchurch looks like a war zone. The earthquake turned it into a eerie “sci-fi-esque” collection of debris filled streets and shattered hillsides.

$20 billion dollars in damages.

Here’s just a “brief” glimpse of the devastation;





The New Zealand Government has launched an appeal to help the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region during this time of great need. You can help make a difference by donating to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

The donations will be used to help the communities, families and people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

You can make an immediate donation to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal from your credit card by providing your details, the amount you wish to donate, and clicking Donate Now.

When you click Donate Now you will be taken through to a secure payment page. After payment, you will be issued a donation receipt containing your details. If you enter your email address, a tax receipt will be automatically sent to you.

Christchurch Earthquake Aid

It’s bad. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

And, I’ll help any way that I possibly can.


I urge you to do likewise. These could be OUR families…

And if some of you don’t like it (you @^#$@!! know who you are)… you know what part of my anatomy you can kiss…

In fact, if you don’t like it… get the hell off my blog.

All images are credited to the listed photographer.

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6 Responses to “Christchurch Earthquake Update: A Week Later”

  1. Dan Jones February 28, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    It think what you are doing is awesome. It is always right to help those in need. It is hard to believe that someone would get mad that you are concerned about others, but this world is full of self center folks. Thank you for being the exception.

  2. andy March 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    WOW!! I actually googled container house building because its something I would love to do and came across all the info about Christchurch earthquake on your blog.

    I live in Auckland, New Zealand and have family and friends in Christchurch (all ok) but I can’t believe that people across the other side of the world care as much as you do. What you are doing is fantastic! I work for a large retailer and we have a store in Christchurch that was hit really bad. We are currently on standby to go down there and help with the clean up as soon as our building is safe. Keep up the good work! As we say in NZ you are a LEGEND!

  3. MD Life March 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh My GOD there is so much disaster in the Christchurch earthquake.
    You are doing great job. I like that you think about help to the victims.
    Thank you for telling us..

  4. Len March 2, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    If not for your blog, I would not have known about this. We all need reminders of how fragile our “status quo” is. We all need to have compassion for those in need. At this time this means we pray as we have our own trials looming financially.

  5. Dominique March 15, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Was just looking into the idea of a container home and came across your website and your posts on the quakes in Christchurch, NZ.
    I live in Christchurch and have been through both huge quakes we have had in 6 months. It was (and still is!) so terrifying & very emotional, having lost our city aswell as family and friends. Thank you so much for your concern and thoughts. It is so nice to know that we have such support for our little country from all around the world. Prayers and thoughts are also with the people of Japan. So very devastating.

    Oh and totally agree with Andy.. You are a LEGEND!

    • Renaissance Ronin March 15, 2011 at 2:30 am #

      Hi Dominique,

      Thanks for the kind words. We’re just helping people that need our help. It’s what we’re supposed to do.
      (Otherwise our Mom’s would whack us on the head with a big wooden spoon!) 🙂

      And know that as you struggle each day, our hearts and prayers are with you. You CAN overcome.

      And it’s the strength of the people of New Zealand that is legendary…. not me.

      Know that we think of you, daily. G_d Bless You.

      Ronin

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