IAEM Scholarship

Today I received the wonderful news that I have been awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Scholarship by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Not only will this be a much appreciated help with this semester's fees for the Master of Emergency Management degree that I am working towards, but I also consider it to be a great honour that I have been chosen to be the receipent of this award.

Thank you, IAEM!

Paul

Leaving Brazil

On the 26th of February I left Brazil, almost exact 24 years after I first arrived as a missionary in March of 1994.

Although I had visited New Zealand a number times since then, I am now officially no longer living in Brazil. However, the work with young people in the suburb of Cordoeira is continuing, and I do plan to visit in June on my way to Puerto Rico.

For the next few months I will be studying for a Master in Emergency Management through Massey University.

Early this morning (at 12:02 AM to be exact) I was woken up by rather strong (7.8 on the Richter scale) and very long (over 2 minutes) earthquake. Despite the intensity of the quake, there was no damage to my brother's house where I am staying, and only one major aftershock shortly after. There was an evacuation order given for low lying regions, which did not affect us.

 

Car accident

I came across a one car crash on my way back from the shops this afternoon. Fortunately, a nurse was taking care of the driver so I didn't have to do anything except hand her the gloves from my first aid key ring.

I was very impressed with the no-fuss Kiwi way that the paramedic, ambulance, two fire trucks and two cop cars all arrived on the scene, but then I remembered that it is Sunday afternoon in Christchurch and they didn't need to use their sirens are there are almost no cars on the road!

The Grinch that Stole Boxing Day

After a month of no seismic activity, I was rudely awakened at 2 am this morning by a strong aftershock, followed by another at 2:30. Since then we have had over 25 aftershocks today, mostly in the 3 - 4.5 range, the largest of which was a 4.9 at 10:30 during church. Most of these shocks have been felt quite strongly due to their shallow depth (most 2 to 5 kms) and the fact that they have been directly under the city.

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Yesterday I arrived in Christchurch, after flying around 24 hours from São Paulo, with stop overs in Buenos Aires and Auckland. It was great to catch up with my family and some friends.

I experienced my first after-shock, a 3.6 level shock, last night and was woken up around 9:30 am this morning by a bigger one, a 4.4, which was obviously wanting to help me get quickly adjusted to the NZ time zone!

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