Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and their loved ones: Yesterday, February 22 at 12:51 p.m., a severe earthquake (6.3 on the Richter scale, at a depth of only 5km) shook the city of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. First confirmed reports speak of 65 deaths, with more expected.
(A 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 3, 2010, had done considerable damage and was followed by numerous aftershocks — yesterdays quake was one of them — but there were no fatalities in last year’s events).
From the Auckland Lantern Festival. One of the many food stalls is Ka Pai Mussels. These guys do a roaring trade and stoke roaring fires with flames reaching 2 metres. A spectacle, and many satisfied customers.
(Ka Pai is maori and translates as “ok” or “great”.)