Lucky for me I was still in Indonesia when this quake hit. I was due to fly back on Friday (yesterday) and my flight went ahead with a minor detour through Auckland for fuel. So I am now back in Christchurch. My fiance was ok which I am very happy about. His house is ok as well lucky for me. We have power and water.
Our biggest problem is that my fiance was busy finding a flat when the quake hit, he had not yet succeeded. This has become all the more urgent now as the new tenants are moving in tomorrow and we have no new house. Unlikely to find one in the next few weeks as well. Lucky for me one of my friends is going overseas for 3 months today and her room will be empty. so we can probably live there.
The death toll stands at 113 still but there are 226 people missing, over 100 of those are in one building and presumed dead. Another 22 tourists were in the cathedral, also presumed dead. Its horrible, parts of the city - particularly the western areas look normal with the odd fallen down fence etc. The east of the city and the CBD on the other hand are devastated, I haven't seen it myself but that is where the stuff on tv is coming from.