..and unfortunately, much of the South Island of New Zealand as well, when an earthquake (magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale) hit Canterbury at 4.35am. Fortunately, there have been no deaths, though there is considerable property damage, mainly in Christchurch city - I live about 25km north of the city where we have got off lightly.
New Zealand is a geologically frisky place and has frequent small earthquakes, which Kiwis are used to. I lived for many years in a geothermal region where there was even a place called Earthquake Flat south of the city. However, this was the largest and most severe earthquake I have experienced, and was pretty scary even though the only damage in my house was a few things falling off shelves. The dogs have been calm, but the cat has disappeared.
We are usually comforted by the feel of solid ground, and it's disconcerting and upsetting when that ground betrays you. Blogger won't let me upload any photos for some reason, so words only for today.