New Zealand earthquake, in other news

Blogging’s been slow of late, but that’s what happens when projects take hold. I was supposed to go down to Cornell on Saturday, to present part of  chapter 4 at the Medieval Studies Colloquium–I was really looking forward to it, too.  But the weather refused to cooperate, and I decided that caution was the better part of valor.  As it turned out, that was a really good decision, because by all reports the roads would have been much worse by the time we were ready to head home (and they were bad enough in the morning), and by Saturday evening I had developed a raging (no exaggeration) fever like I haven’t had in a good while. So, that wasn’t meant to be.  I’m sort of better, but it’s keeping me from karate, and it’s lost me several days’ worth of work.  Sigh…And I wouldn’t be this far along if Megan hadn’t looked after me, except that now she’s sick too, and it’s my turn to look after her. And everyone else seems to be getting sick as well.  I swear, we can’t  catch a break this winter–in probably the worst story so far, our good friend Kristi went from cold to bronchitis to pneumonia. Ick, ick, ick.

Anyway, I’m trying to sort out the rubble of my life to get ready for England, but I wanted to post up some news bits about the New Zealand earthquake (some Libya stuff might be coming later, in case you were wondering).  I have several good friends from the land of kiwis, and was rather startled to read last night that there’d been an earthquake of such magnitude there. Sympathies and prayers for New Zealand and Christchurch in particular.

I don’t necessarily guarantee the quality of these news sources, but they seem to have lots of links and decent info–if you have any really good sources, please post them as comments!  MSN is pretty detailed; the story on ABC is much the same, I think.  PlanetSave actually has a map showing what happened, though I think we can all agree that the glacier can keep until everyone’s been rescued from the rubble. There was also an article on Forbes, believe it or not, but it didn’t add anything to what you’ll find here.