Earthquake: ISKCON Christchurch temple wrecked, deities smashed

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Scene of Devastation in Christchurch city, New Zealand.

Four or five hours ago another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck New Zealand causing serious damage to the Christchurch ISKCON Temple. Unconfirmed reports describe the temple as being “in ruins” and say that with the exception of Srila Prabhupada’s murti the deities are smashed.

Christchurch temple before the earthquake.

The city center is widely damaged and the spire of the cathedral there has collapsed. Phone lines are down, and buildings are said to be in ruins. New Zealand police say there are reports of multiple fatalities.

Early reports say the damage exceeds that of last years 7.1 magnitude quake.

Please pray for the devotees and well wishers in New Zealand particularly those in the affected areas.

So far there are no reports of injuries amongst devotees. A further report will be made as news comes to hand.

Post Script: Eyewitness description of quake from NZ Herald News

Facebook posts: “Its worse than I thought. Multi-story buildings flattened, people dead, temple will have to be demolished and worst of all the deities have been smashed beyond repair. City closed. Mayhem. Major quakes continue at random. smaller on rictar but closer to surface so damage many many times worse.”

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