Former Lawrence man dealing with New Zealand quake

Lawrence, Kansas (AP)

The city of Lawrence has been affected by the recent earthquake that hit New Zealand.

Terry Ebeling grew up in Lawrence and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982. He now lives in Dunedin, a city about a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Christchurch, where the earthquake struck.

He told the Lawrence Journal-World that his wife has family members who live in Christchurch, and they have heard that all of them are safe. Terry’s brother Tim Ebeling also lives in New Zealand, on the North Island, away from the quake’s devastation.

“It’s kind of similar to when Katrina hit (the U.S.),” Ebeling said. “The rest of the country is in a bit of shock and is kind of powerless.”

Media reports listed the death toll from the quake at more than 140 people.

Shanxi Omoniyi, a Lawrence resident who was born in New Zealand, still has family in the area, including relatives in Christchurch. She heard her family members in Christchurch are safe through Facebook.