As this small island nation picks up the pieces from the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that walloped its second-largest city, Christchurch, leaving scores dead and hundreds of people still trapped, officials are set once again to assess whether routinely dire warnings have yet led to the hoped-for sea change in the nation's preparedness.
But what about individual personal preparedeness against the worst or best of human nature?
I have been in touch with Marcus, who, thank God is fine as he lives in a different area than Christchurch...but reports good and evil of human nature....looting etc.
Rescuers work to put out a fire at a collapsed building in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday. A powerful earthquake collapsed buildings at the height of a busy workday killing and trapping dozens of people in one of the country's worst natural disasters.