The death toll from Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake now sits at 113, with another 228 people listed as missing. The Police Commissioner's voice broke as he said those missing were unlikely to have survived.
But amongst all the death and desperately, desperately sad events come stories of wonder and love, of people pulling together against the most horrible of circumstances. Of the sign stuck to one person's gate saying, “We have water, please come in and help yourself”. At another house, someone had set out a phone charger on the footpath with a sign inviting people to charge their phones for free. Of the burly blokes who drove around the burbs with a truck filled with spades and wheelbarrows, offering free help to those who needed it. Of the students who moved their couch into the middle of the street and broke out the joints and beer for other shocked residents.
As someone said, in circumstances like this, it's the little things that get them through.
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