They turned the car around and headed in the opposite direction. An hour or two later, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. It totally destroyed the little shop they were planning to visit. It made a huge mess of Cathedral Square. Had my brother and Grandpa not listened to that little voice telling them to get out of town, there is a good possibility they would be dead right now. As it turned out, they had only minor inconveniences…bottles broke in their pantry, the fish tank sloshed water all over the floor, and a statue was broken.
|Reconstruction begins on the spire.|
Grandpa was awakened to some pretty good shaking during an aftershock. He also missed his flight home and had to stay long hours in the airport. It’s amazing how quickly life can change! And following one little gut check can make all the difference. At least he didn’t take my advice and make a stopover in Japan on his way home. Then he could have shared a major earthquake with both of my brothers! (By the way, Guys, this competition thing has finally gone just a little too far…) Glad you are all safe! Love and prayers to you both…Sandy and the clan
|Current photos of Chiba, Japan a major oil refinery is on fire.|
**Editor's Note: If you have family in Japan you can use Google's Crisis Services 2011 Japan page to locate or provide information on family abroad. This page also had up to the minute alerts, blackout information and other resources.