Thanks Ryan for updating the blog and thanks for the concern shown.
We were far away enough from the quake to not feel it, but watching the footage on TV has made us feel very lucky. We were due to be in Christchurch in a few days to then fly out to Auckland and on to Buenos Aires. I am not sure what the coverage is like there in the UK but what we are seeing here makes it clear that this was a massive earthquake. Although not as strong as the quake they had last year it was much nearer to the surface, thus the massive amount of damage and loss of life.
The death toll had reached around 75 when we left our hostel to find a library but the country is being told to expect the toll to rise . There are also lots of stories of people calling out buried alive also. Frightening.
We will let you know what we have been up to of late next time we get a good connection.