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Disasters Earthquake New Zealand 2010

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#1 Spectacles

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:59 PM

Sounds serious.

http://www.msnbc.msn...ws-asia-pacific


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 01:10 PM

Hopefully, Sparky is okay.


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 01:12 PM

YIKES!  Sparky, please check in soon!
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 01:19 PM

Holy smokes, that's a big one!?  Please check in Sparky.

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 01:27 PM

The quake was in Christchurch which is South Island, AFAIK Sparky is currently on North Island, but it would be nice to hear from her to verify that.


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#6 SparkyCola

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:58 PM

^ Yep, didn't feel a thing here in Taranaki (lower North Island).

Thanks all for the concern though :hugs:

I'm glad there haven't been any major casualties (yet). Poor Christchurch :( {{{{{{{Christchurch kiwis}}}}}}}}

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:17 PM

Glad to see the Sparky is ok!!

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:26 PM

Yikes. I'm glad you're okay though. {{{Sparky}}}
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#9 SparkyCola

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:37 PM

Thanks!

I only just connected the dots but now that I think about it, I did feel a small tremor last night. I thought the cat or dog had got in and was moving about by the foot of the bed, making it move. I couldn't figure out what it might be but it stopped after a while and I went back to sleep and forgot about it.

There's some really bad damage to the buildings in Christchurch, they have no power, lots of the walls have fallen out, cracks in the road...nightmare. Some of them said it felt like world war 2 from pylons blowing up from the power surges. It's got to be pretty cold down there too. Apparently they were due an earthquake of some sort because of the tectonic plates in that area.

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#10 Vapor Trails

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 05:04 PM

Glad to hear you're okay, Sparky! Yup-New Zealand's part of the Pacific Ring Of Fire. What's the word on tsunamis? And yeah-New Zealand is in late winter now-I assume spring starts down there September 22, when we begin fall in the northern hemisphere.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:35 PM

They said on the news that tsunamis weren't a worry because the quake was inland and not under the ocean. But  pictures from Christchurch do show really bad damage: second floors no longer there, cracked roadways, bricks fallen everywhere. Glad you were out of harm's way though, Sparky.

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#12 Julianus

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:09 PM

Glad to hear that you are well. Sparky! :)
I've read that there were two people seriously injured. My best wishes to them and to the other New Zealanders.
Still, that seems a remarkably low (thankfully) casualty total for a 7.0 quake.
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

Glad to hear you're OK Sparky.
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#14 Vapor Trails

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:28 PM

This site has LOADS of info:

The New Zealand Herald
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:12 PM

Glad you're okay, Sparky!    :hugs:
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#16 SparkyCola

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 01:37 AM

Thanks all :hugs:

I think the reason the death toll is low (I think a small plane may have crashed because of it?) is because it happened at 4:30 in the morning - most people were in bed, there were some seriously narrow escapes though.

I just sent a message to someone I know who lives there but I don't expect they'll be able to check in for a while. :(

The power, sewage, water problems are immense- and now they've got bad weather coming! At least the person they thought was looting was actually just getting their own stuff.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:14 PM

Update: Apparently the crash that killed 9 (including two children) was an unrelated incident in Fox Glacier. South Island's having a hard time atm.

They had aftershocks up to 5.4 on the richter scale! 10km underground. Also from the NZ herald:

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Today's 7.1 magnitude quake west of Christchurch may have occurred on a "new" fault line.

Geologists have not yet been able to link it to a known fault; in the past few years, researchers have found that Canterbury is riddled with more earthquake-generating fault zones than previously thought - some as close as 20km to central Christchurch.

Canterbury University scientists have said there are about 100 fault lines and fault segments around the region, rather than the half-dozen active faults that were known about 20 years ago.

US and UN have offered aid but New Zealand declined as they can sort it out themselves. Still, good on US and the UN for the offers :cool:

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#18 Orpheus

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:46 AM

You don't fool me, Sparky. What are you *doing* down there?

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:58 AM

Apologies and correction:

What are you doing down there and how can I help?



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