Of all the nations in the world, I think New Zealander's are the most serious about our connections in history, for being a nation of immigrants and being so far from anywhere, people have felt a little isolated.
How much personal data has been lost in the quake? It's possible that years of research could be gone in some homes. It's too early to even contemplate or reflect on it beyond these few comments, more important considerations have to be concentrated on. Poor Christchurch residents.
For the rest of us, living in these tremulous islands, its a reminder. Use any means to upload data onto the Internet or share it out among family to ensure its survival. Don't hoard it, share it.