Thanks a lot for your concern. It means a lot. The earthquake happened in Christchurch which is in the South Island of NZ, and fortunately I live in Auckland which is in the North Island of New Zealand. I've been watching the footage on the news since it happened and there's a lot of damage and loss of life so far.
There was a previous earthquake in Christchurch which happened on September the 4th 2010, but it happened at 4am in the morning, so miraculously there were no deaths. Unfortunately this time it happened at 12:51pm (lunchtime) so the city centre was jam-packed full of people having lunch and everyone was at work. So far there have been 65 confirmed deaths, but it's early stages yet so that figure is bound to rise
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families involved. Fingers crossed that another devastating earthquake like this doesn't happen again. Thank you for checking in my friend.