Thursday, October 07, 2010
THE BIG QUAKE Canterbury, September 4, 2010
At 4.35am on Saturday 4 September 2010, Canterbury and its people were changed forever. Now, journalists from The Press look back at the earthquake, the days after and the devastation that it caused, and tell stories in pictures, words and video, of the miracle of survival that accompanied this natural disaster.
The Big Quake features a moving tribute by Mayor Bob Parker, who writes poignantly in his Foreword: “Everyone in this city has lost something — from homes and businesses to precious personal items. And we are tired; weeks of trauma and sleepless nights take their toll. But from all the devastation what has emerged is a wonderful sense of community spirit. Friendships have been forged. In every little nook of this city there are heroes who have pitched in to help those who have suffered. What has been reinforced is that at a time of crisis your neighbour is your most valuable ally.”
Highly illustrated and including a 30-minute DVD, The Big Quake is a poignant record of the massive earthquake and its impact on the lives of Cantabrians and the infrastructure of their city. The Big Quake encapsulates the sheer scale of the quake and the impact of its aftershocks, the many personal stories that emerged from the disaster, the science behind the quake, and the many striking visual images that attended it.
For New Zealand, the Canterbury earthquake was a resounding wake-up call and a timely reminder of our human fragility.