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Getting ready for the big one.

Wellington has for decades been busy preparing for a big earthquake and last night we came fairly close. Actually we’ve been having a cluster of earthquakes for most of the weekend ever since Friday morning which woke everyone up with a fairly strong shake (5.9) and continued for the next couple of days. Then on Sunday morning Wellington was shaken again with a 5.8 shake. These are the types of earthquakes one gets used to when living in a place like Wellington which is pretty much built on a fault-line.

At 5:08pm that same day I was sitting at the table when all of a sudden the room started shaking, moderately at first; nothing really to worry about, but then it became stronger. The power went off as did the radio station I was listening to. Ornaments shook off the shelves and everything started to get thrown round as though someone had picked up the house and stated shaking violently. It only lasted for about 20 seconds but was enough to cause chaos round wellington. Reports later showed that it was a 6.5 centred only 11 kms deep, down the south Island; 30kms east of a place called Seddon.

We’ve been having aftershocks ever since which kept me awake for most of last night. The CBD has been cordoned off whilst engineers assess building structural integrity and buses and trains into the city were cancelled today. According to the experts there is a possibility we could get an even stronger one or at least one of the same magnitude in the following weeks.

Supermarkets were flat out yesterday selling bottled water and canned supplies. The shaking is still continuing. Three have struck since I’ve started writing this discussion: a 4.5, a 3.4 and a 2.2.


Leslie Blackwell

23rd July 2013


You may be interested in watching the video and new items

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8946666/Key-Quakes-taking-an-emotional-toll


Leslie Blackwell

23rd July 2013


Wow. We saw that on the news and after what happened a few years back in NZ it must put your nerves on edge. Was anyone injured? Did you sustain much damage to your home?


Paul Day

22nd July 2013


No structural damage except for nerves. They say this may only be a precursor to the big one and if that is bigger than the one we had yesterday I am not looking forward to it at all. Its amazing though that it caught so many people unprepared, when you think there has been a such a big campaign lately about stocking up in the event of an earthquake. So far no one has been seriously hurt which is the main thing.


Leslie Blackwell

23rd July 2013


I have lived through a major bush fire and I know how terrifying and furious nature can be, but there is something particularly unsettling about an Earthquake I can imagine.


Paul Day

23rd July 2013


An earthquake is probably more scary but the thing about fire is that it literally destroys everything in its path.
Given the choice I would choose neither and settle for a nice hot cup of tea instead.

They are still trying to sort things out in Christchurch, they had it allot worse than us, twice with lots of people getting killed.


Leslie Blackwell

23rd July 2013


Hmmm, Earthquake, fire or tea. Tough choice. I'll join you and add some nice scones. Yes Christchurch was really bad. I still remember vividly the images of the buildings and the look on people's faces. Thankfully we don't get many Earthquakes where we live. The closest we came was a small tremor that happened 100 ks away and that was bad enough.


Paul Day

23rd July 2013


I hope everyone is ok. A lot of lives are lost in earthquakes.


Asma Ahsan

23rd July 2013


No casualty reports which is good.


Leslie Blackwell

23rd July 2013


Tea and scones indeed! Tornados set me in to panic attacks... I can't imagine earthquakes or fires. Wishing you the best.


Amanda Krumme

23rd July 2013


Wellington does not get tornados luckily, though we had a fairly violent storm back in June this year with winds reaching close to 200kms and swells up to 6 meters, topping sea walls and flooding roads.
Been quite an eventful year so far.


Leslie Blackwell

24th July 2013


That must have been really scary. I think I heard that on the news. In Australia, I guess we are lucky that we don't have any earthquakes. We mostly get heavy rain and/or flash flooding. I hope that you are OK Leslie


Analise Arto

27th July 2013


everything seems to have settled down now Analise Arto. Just the occasional tremors. Recent stats put the total number of aftershocks at about 1,500+ though most of them were listed as slight or unnoticeable.
Will keep you posted if anything else happens. Thanks for your concern.


Leslie Blackwell

28th July 2013


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