The death toll is now thought to be around 65. Words are inadequate.
That’s how David Farrar summed up his record of today’s tragic events in and around Christchurch earlier this evening.
DF is in Australia. But he has been keeping an eye on the day’s events on telly and Alf does not intend to try to add to his succinct summation of what has happened.
Finance Minister Bill English has just said at a press conference in Wellington that the death toll is likely to rise. He is urging people to get out of the severely shaken city’s central business district.
Unknown numbers of people remain trapped in rubble.
It is a sad day for the city and for the country.