SA daughter sends word after quake

2010-09-06 00:00

AS the world watched coverage of the Christchurch earthquake this weekend, local SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida was worrying about the safety of her daughter Kate (25) and her small grandchild Oliver, who live in the city.

Vida said Kate was fortunate that she and her partner Alex were able to go to higher ground where his parents live after concerns over flooding and tsunamis.

Damage to their home in the Waltham suburb inclu­ded cracks in the wall and a broken chimney, which left the building unsafe, especially in light of the violent aftershocks that have followed the quake.

In SMSes to her mother, Kate wrote on Saturday that they were warned of another potential earthquake of similar magnitude in the next 48 hours.

“We are currently feeling some really good aftershocks, up to 5 on the Richter scale. Will do our best to keep you updated as long as cell networks are working.”

She said winds expected with the storm predicted for the area were not too bad yet, but they were not keen to go back to the house as the brick chimney was cracked and very unstable, and “could fall through the roof with a gust of wind”.

On Facebook, Kate wrote yesterday that they would be heading over to their home to clean up. “The ongoing aftershocks still get the heart racing … lol [laugh out loud]. Lets hope the worst is over.”

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