New Zealand Herald (Link) - Jarrod Booker (September 4, 2010)
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is thankful there has been no loss of life but there had been considerable damage across the city and outlying areas.
The city has been left devastated after a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 30km west of the city at 4.35am this morning.
The quake was at a depth of 33km and was centered near Darfield, and has left large parts of the area without power, water or telephones.
Mr. Parker said he did not want to overstate the level of damage “but I think it’s like an iceberg. There is, in a sense, below the visible line significant structural damage.”
“There would not be a house or a family in our city that has not in some way had damage done to their person and or their property,” Mr. Parker said.
“Our thoughts are with our people.
“We know that a lot of people will be very nervous, deeply disturbed.”
Scientists have described this morning’s earthquake as the most significant since the 1931 magnitude 7.8 Hawke’s Bay earthquake.