Athletes are sending messages of support following the fatal earthquake that rocked Christchurch this afternoon.
Messages have been flowing in via social media sites since the 6.3 magnitude quake hit at 12:51pm.
The Black Caps, currently in India for the Cricket World Cup,
sent messages through all-rounder Scott Styris, who tweeted, "Hope
everyone in Chch is ok. Some worried boys here in India. Be
Opener Martin Guptill wrote "Thoughts go out to the people of Chch today. Terrible thing to have happened again," and on its official site New Zealand cricket posted this message:
"The team woken early in India to news of another Christchurch earthquake. Thoughts are with everyone and hoping all are OK," New Zealand Cricket said on its Twitter account.
The team manager said the players' immediate families and
friends in the affected area had been confirmed as safe.
International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat said that an appropriate gesture of respect will be made when New Zealand face Australia in their next game in Nagpur on Friday.
"At times like this, sport can only offer its support and its deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones during such a tragedy," he said.
Meanwhile, Hurricanes prop Neemia Tialata was in disbelief that another earthquake had struck.
"Are you serious another earthquake hitting Christchurch!!! 6.3 hope you all good chch tweeps prayers are with y'all right now... [sic]"
Injured Hurricanes team-mate Piri Weepu wrote: "Just feel so helpless watching people!! Just wish you could do something in some way to help."
Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam sent his thoughts to his on-field rivals in the city.
"Hope our Crusader brothers are safe. Sad day in Christchurch."
The Blues, who heard the news from South Africa ahead of their match with the Sharks, also sent messages of support with winger Joe Rokocoko posting this on Twitter: "Just woke up on r 1st day in africa and just herd abot the sad news in christchch, thinkng of you all, happy 2 hear my sister is safe [sic]."
Triathlete Kris Gemmell lauded the efforts of rescuers and the public: "Watching the TV with all the drama in CHCH. There wil not b enough medals 4 all the hero's down there! [sic]"
Christchurch-born Warrior forward Lewis Brown held concerns for family in the city: "Finally heard from my mum! She's safe! Hurts to see my home town in a bad way! Feel helpless!"
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