I just watched the feed. The loss of life and the destruction are heart-rending.
I can well relate. I was in Santa Cruz Calif. in 1989, when the quake hit there, and the images from today are all too familiar. They are hard to watch, a vivid reminder of what happened then. Though no one I knew was hurt, and we only had some things broken, it still was very stressful, with frequent large aftershocks, no power, gas, or water, etc.
To our N.Z. friends, condolences on the loss of life and the damage to a beautiful city, and hopes that recovery can start soon. Hopes and prayers that all our members there are OK.