hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with an issue I’m sure you’ve all heard and seen lots about that is currently affecting our nation. The earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22nd has been the only thing on news stations here in New Zealand, and has been on all New Zealander’s minds. In situations of distress and chaos, such as this, many people turn to social networking to document what’s going on and to try and reach out to, and find, their friends and loved ones. Reaction videos are uploaded to YouTube, showcasing the raw emotions people have felt after the earthquake, whether they were in the earthquake or not, and videos of the damaged buildings and other affected areas also dominate YouTube.
I am unaware of the locations of all our NZYT’ers, but do remember that Ricky (rickyblah) was interviewed by an American news station after the earthquake that struck Canterbury last year, so checked his Twitter to see if he had Tweeted to tell us that he’s safe – and he has. In fact, Ricky is at Wellington airport, so was far away from the affected area. Also, Dean (cactuskiwi) was in the affected area and is safe thankfully. He also uploaded a video of the destruction he witnessed. I hope that all our NZYT’ers are safe and well. Also, if any of you guys have family in Christchurch I hope that they are safe and well too. I am writing this at 6:45pm on February 22nd, and new reports keep coming in saying that death tolls are expected to rise, with the death toll already at a staggering 65, a huge increase from the previously reported 17.
Here is a reaction video by our daily vlogger Deborah (LaughItsGoodForYou).
So I hope that none of you guys are affected by this horrible disaster, and my heart goes out to all those that have already been affected, and may be affected in the future. I’m sure we will all soon hear of a way we can help the victims of the Christchurch earthquake, and I will make a post about it when we do.
And here is another reaction vlog, this time from Anthony (antron81)
So if any of you guys post videos about the Christchurch earthquake, be sure to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, whether it be the NZYTCommunity twitter or my personal twitter.
Thanks for reading guys