A few months ago I posted about Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand in a post about my favourite place on earth. It is a truly beautiful place that speaks to me on some primal level that is hard to put into words.
Yesterday just after midnight a huge 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit that area and has cut off the town. Some people have died and buildings have unsurprisingly collapsed. The main highway on the south island is blocked due to land slips in various locations. At present the New Zealand Navy are heading there to hopefully helicopter supplies in and people out (especially tourists) while other services look to re-open road access. It is great that the Australians have pledged their official support. Thankfully it is in a largely rural area and people were in bed when it happened otherwise the impact could have been worse.
I can only hope that those people and also wildlife affected fare OK in the aftermath and that the damage is not so severe that it rips the heart and soul from the town. Nearby Christchurch is still trying to recover from a major quake in 2011 and one can only hope that the timeline is not so long here.
My thoughts are with the town.