Again last night an aftershock. Not quite as alarming as the first one we experienced. The news reported that yesterday morning there were in fact 4 aftershocks, we only felt two of them. I think we were already walking when one hit, and couldn't even tell. It registered at around 4.0
The city is in shambles. The downtown business/tourist district, Cathederal Square, is now know as the Red Zone, due to the entire area being closed. It was a very sobering experience walking the perimeter. The city appears to be extremely quiet, almost a ghost town. Rebuilding, if they can, will take years. Currently the city is only doing cleanup and tear down. I believe they must wait at least a year to start rebuilding - due to waiting for the possible aftershocks to subside. Complete contrast to the beautiful botanic gardens bordering the red zone. Teeming with trees, plants, flowers - exquistely manicured and maintained. A safe haven and respite. Believed that only 30 trees out of 3,000 were destroyed during the quakes.
We found a boisterous pub for dinner. Delicous local beer, beef stew in port with mashed potatoes, roast pork sandwich and chips. Very English.