Just heard this had hit. stuff.co.nz/national/4094986/Massive-7-4-qua…
Best wishes for everyone there.
Not trying to be insensitive, but for those of you interested in more background about the Darfield quake - a faultline that hadn't been active for 'at least 16,000 years':
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It was through receiving these e-mail alerts I got the news about one hour after the quake happened. My in-box has been flooded with notifications about aftershocks since Friday so I really feel for those affected.
I have visted Christchurch every day from the day of the earthquake. things are slowly geting back to normal with cordons being moved closer in to the most dangerous areas.
I have up loaded some pictures, i havent even titled them all yet, but the CBD looks spooky with no one anywhere, and buildings in a disarray.
It isnt easy for many business who have lost a significant part of their bussines
Christchurch is not 'closed', many parts of the city is trading as normal, maybe if you are visiting NZ, then see the rest of NZ first, and then include christchurch in you final days.
So sorry to hear about the earthquake and our thoughts are with everyone affected and hope everything is going OK, you seem to be getting back to normality really well. Our best wishes to every one and looking forward to our visit to NZ later this year
All the best
Pat & Pete
I guess it would be fair to say that the locals in the greater CHCH area are on a knife edge. Many more after shocks overnight and some over 5 on the Richter scale. One can feel the tension in the voices of those being interviewed. Some have been on the go for most of the time since Saturday morning. The Govt has just arranged for a large number of counsellors to go to the area because once it settles down they are going to be needed.
The ongoning tragic issue is that after each major aftershock all the buildings not already condemed have to be reinspected to see if they are still safe and with each day more and more building are condemned. It is now becoming apparnet that there may be areas of CHCH that will never again be habitable such is the damage to the ground. I heard an interview this morning by a Civil Defence leader who said that everyone is rallying around and spirits are remarkably high consider the trauma the locals are facing.
Its going to take awhile for this matter to resolve
From the Quake zone - but things are improving - the CBD is to be opened tomorrow at 5am (all going well).
I am amazed (and humbled) by the wonderful work the councils are doing - they are getting things back to normal very quickly. Water is now safe to drink in Selwyn and CHCH though Waimak still need to boil things. Most have power, though there are still a fair number without water and sewage.
While people have lost homes or are waiting to find out about their homes CHCH people have pulled together. I am impressed with the Uni students who got together through facebook to set up work gangs to help.
Thank you everyone for all your kind comments - I am sure I am not the only one in Canterbury who has been reading them and have been comforted by your comments.
This site, developd by Paul Nicholls of Canterbury University, plays out the quake timelines and gives a good idea of what the people of Canterbury are going through. The size of the circles relate to the intensity of the shocks. It's no wonder that their nerves are on edge.
Cheers.Edited: 09 September 2010, 06:08
Thank you for the updates and the links. That map certainly gives a vivid idea. The people of the Canterbury region remain in my prayers.
What a difference a week makes. I am just back from my first foray into the CBD in a week. Today is 18, a beautiful spring day. The Boatshed is bulging with people out jogging and walking their dogs. (20 minute wait for a coffee) Punts are gliding up the river between the Rhodos and Magnolia. (no one in canoes but they are available) In the Dafodil lawn by the hospital people are trying to get those spring shots of baby/puppy/granny sitting in the flowers. 250 eters down the road fences cordon off the Arts Centre as they are still checking it out. We stopped at a shop where a group where agroup were sampling wedding cake. 2 blocks away soldiers (unarmed) are at a barricade stoping travel down Riccarton Road where some older shops opposite Westfield Mall have collapsed.
In other places a well oiled machine is wirring away, buildings are being carted to land fill and diggers are scooping up the liquified soil for carting away.
Jokes are starting. It seems all schools are reporting an increase in children from broken homes. A paddock near Darfield has a sign in the grass large enough to see from the air that says "No fault here...yeah right!"
The aftershocks are further apart and we don't notice them quite the same.
It seems all schools are reporting an increase in children from broken homes. A paddock near Darfield has a sign in the grass large enough to see from the air that says "No fault here...yeah right!"
Kiwis love a joke, but boy, as jokes go I don't think you love anything more than you love puns LOL
hahaha I knew it wouldn't be long... keep em coming :o)Edited: 11 September 2010, 04:38
Ozzies would know!! I picked up a rental from Brisbane airport the other day. (wish it had been a week later!1) I reckon there were 4 in a row with the lady at the Avis desk. Straight face with every one!