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7.4 magnitude quake hits off Christchurch, New Zealand...

diedye
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Sep 3 2010, 5:14pm

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7.4 magnitude quake hits off Christchurch, New Zealand... Can't Post

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...ld_news-asiapacific/

Here's hoping all our Kiwi sibs are safe! Unsure



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Sep 3 2010, 6:30pm

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N.E. Brigand
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Sep 3 2010, 6:39pm

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Who's in Christchurch besides NZS and Roheryn? [In reply to] Can't Post

And has anyone heard how they're doing?

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Slayer_Of_Orcs
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Sep 3 2010, 6:40pm

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I just saw that ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope all are well.

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Jazmine
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Sep 3 2010, 6:44pm

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Starling, Nienna & Nimloth [In reply to] Can't Post

Hopefully we'll hear how they are all doing soon!

My thoughts are with all those affected x



Elizabeth
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Sep 3 2010, 6:58pm

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Here's a map: [In reply to] Can't Post

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/shakemap/global/shake/2010atbj/

Over the years we've heard about several South Is. earthquakes, but they've mostly been in very uninhabited areas. Hope our friends are ok!






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Kimi
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Sep 3 2010, 7:12pm

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Lots of damage, no casualties reported so far. [In reply to] Can't Post

Electricity is off for much of the region.

We're a long way from the earthquake, but are following the news. This must be very scary to be in the middle of.


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Eledhwen
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Sep 3 2010, 8:00pm

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I guess they won't be able to check in ... [In reply to] Can't Post

if the power's off - but the reports seem to indicate significant damage but mostly to buildings - the NZ Herald report says there have been no reports of serious injuries, which is a blessing.

Got to say that the quote in the Herald story from Chch mayor Bob Parker is classic Kiwi understatement: "Mr Parker told Newstalk ZB that the morning had been "pretty traumatic.""

Blimey.

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Elizabeth
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Sep 3 2010, 8:17pm

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Very similar to Northridge (CA) in 1994. [In reply to] Can't Post

I lived about 20 miles away from that. It was billed as a 6.7, but the surface ground movement was extensive. Damage occurred up to 85 miles (125 km) away, with the most damage in the west San Fernando Valley, and the cities of Santa Monica, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita. More than 30 people were killed in the tremor; a total of 61 deaths were attributed to direct and indirect causes. More than 8,700 were injured including 1,600 that required hospitalization.

Like this one, Northridge occurred at about 4:30 in the morning. Everyone within many miles was jolted out of bed. My house suffered only minor damage (broken glassware), but at my office bookcases and equipment racks were all on the floor, and it was a big mess. Power was out for most of the day where I lived, and several days in some places. And this was California, where earthquake preparedness is high in everyone's consciousness.

So, I suspect that's what the folks in Christchurch are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with them all!






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Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Sep 3 2010, 8:18pm

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Hope everybody there is ok [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought this site gave good information. Really local and updated currently. And a lot is happening, airport closed, roads closed.

I hope all our sibs and their families are safe.



Roheryn
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Sep 3 2010, 9:22pm

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We're shaken, but fine! [In reply to] Can't Post

No pun intended. :-)

We live about 10 miles north of Christchurch. We were awoken from deep sleep this morning by what I can only describe as violent jolting. It's kind of a blur, but we each grabbed a boy (ages almost-3 and 4 1/2) and flew outside while the house was rolling and jolting around us. I heard glass breaking as we ran down the hall, but of course I didn't stop to check! We made it outside safely before it was over, and looking towards Christchurch we could see several massive bursts of light exploding against the dark sky -- maybe power transformers blowing, or something else? Those didn't last long, and then all was DARK. We stayed outside shivering for a while, then came back in and sat right by the front door in case we needed to get out again. We've had lots of aftershocks, a few big enough to send jittery us back outside again, but lots of small ones. We only lost a few breakables in the house and one lamp -- I'm actually amazed we didn't lose a lot more, given other reports of damage we've heard. Besides the broken glassware, the biggest other mess in the house was where my large mealworm colony ended up upside-down on the carpet and bookcase. What a mess!

NZS went out to the petrol station for bread and water, and a guy there said that what had been a bedroom over their garage is now a bedroom IN the garage. The main street through our little town is closed, and at least one street that NZS saw was ripped and torn all up and appeared to have a burst water main too. I expect if one street is like that, there are probably more! We've also heard that some animals from our wildlife park have escaped, but no further info on that (including whether it's things like the kangaroos, or things more like the tigers and lions!). Local news suggests that the damage in Christchurch is fairly extensive, in keeping with news reports available online.

Our power came back on just a bit ago, but the water's still off, and I won't be surprised if it's off for some days. I can only imagine that burst water mains and sewer lines take some time to fix, especially when there are a lot of them across the region.

That's about it from here! Thanks for thinking of us. We're sending out our best wishes to all around us who are also affected.


Tim
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Sep 3 2010, 9:34pm

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Glad to hear you're ok and here's hoping everyone else is as well. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've lived through like a 5.2 - it was unpleasant.

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Sep 3 2010, 9:39pm

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Thanks for the prompt report! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad your family is ok! Big hugs to all!






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NottaSackville
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Sep 3 2010, 10:48pm

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Wow - what an experience! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad you are safe, and hope the clean-up, rebuild isn't too bad.

And that there are no lions in your yard!

Notta


Ataahua
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Sep 3 2010, 11:11pm

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Only two lemurs escaped. [In reply to] Can't Post

We've also heard that some animals from our wildlife park have escaped, but no further info on that (including whether it's things like the kangaroos, or things more like the tigers and lions!).

One's been found drowned and the other's still missing, but all of the human-dangerous animals are safe in their enclosures.

I'm so glad to hear you're OK! What a hell of a thing to experience - I've never experienced an earthquake that big and I'd be quite happy to keep it that way.

*big hug*

Keep safe down there, all right?

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Kyriel
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Sep 3 2010, 11:25pm

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I'm very glad to know our Kiwi sibs are safe! [In reply to] Can't Post

I only heard about the quake a little while ago, since I've been out all day at work and running errands. Naturally, my first thought was for my Kiwi e-friends; but by the time I read about it online, reports indicated that no one had been killed and only a couple of people had been seriously injured. Here's wishing those two a quick and full recovery - and wishing everyone else a quick return to normal water and power service!

Oh, and here's something that might be good for a laugh: I couldn't remember where in NZ each of my TORNsibs hailed from, or even which island Christchurch was on; so not only did I feel like your stereotypical clueless American, but I was also worried about several people who were nowhere near the quake!

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Nienna
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Sep 4 2010, 12:48am

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Here I am! [In reply to] Can't Post

The earthquake was frightening. I remember most the noise of things breaking and being rocked around so you had to hold on to the wall for support.
The damage to my home and workplace is minimal - broken things but nothing expensive. More messy - jars of jam and marmalade falling out of cupboards and breaking on the floor and getting mixed up with everything else.
At work I have 32,000 books but when we shifted last year I had all shelving fixed to walls so again the damage was minimal.
The aftershocks are still going on and are nerve-wracking. My cat is still missing 8 hours after the main earthquake and that's what I'm most upset about.


silneldor
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Sep 4 2010, 1:06am

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Oh lordy! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a frightening experience in the middle of the night. I am thankful that all are ok. I am trying to imagine being subject to something like that and i can't begin to.

Please guys keep the updates coming.

....sheeuuUnimpressed


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Sep 4 2010, 1:08am

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Wow, thanks for the report! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's good to hear from you; glad you and yours are safe.


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Sep 4 2010, 1:10am

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Oh, my goodness! [In reply to] Can't Post

32,000 books could make a huge mess; glad they're mostly OK. I'll be sending good wishes and prayers out for your kitty.


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Zmulady
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Sep 4 2010, 1:26am

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Wow! [In reply to] Can't Post

How frightening. Glad everyone is ok. Hope all pets and other critters get found. Sending good wishes from across the world.



Nienna
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Sep 4 2010, 1:33am

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Thank you for good wishes [In reply to] Can't Post

I've wandered the streets looking for Sammy (the cat) but the noise of glass breaking and the shaking really scared him - it did me too! I was extremely fortunate at work because the surrounding blocks have been cordoned off with three buildings partially collapsing. I don't know how much I will sleep tonight! The ongoing tremors keep us on our toes!


Ataahua
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Sep 4 2010, 1:47am

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Cats are pretty good at looking after themselves. [In reply to] Can't Post

You'll probably need to wait for Sammy to calm down and feel safe again before he slinks back - which I hope is soon, for your sake.

I'm glad you've come out of this OK.

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dernwyn
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Sep 4 2010, 2:00am

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That was quite some foresight [In reply to] Can't Post

on your part, having the shelving secured! It's a relief that most of your damage was confined to messiness.

And your cat will return once the aftershocks die down. Smile Animals have incredible instincts concerning earthquakes; most likely, she's staying in the safest spot she knows, until she can "feel" that it's safe to come out again! Let us know when she's back!


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dernwyn
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Sep 4 2010, 2:07am

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What a morning to remember! [In reply to] Can't Post

How are the boys taking it? I can imagine them proudly engaging in a "cleanup brigade"! How are your pets?

The water is my biggest concern, for you - I hope you're able to get enough to tide you over as things get fixed. And hopefully those in charge will have the wisdom to deal with the damage in the most expedient way!


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Sep 4 2010, 2:13am

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Elizabeth
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Sep 4 2010, 2:14am

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Poor kitty! [In reply to] Can't Post

My cats were gone for hours after the Northridge quake I described below. He'll probably come back when the aftershocks subside. Meanwhile, he's probably hunkered down somewhere.






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Analeewyn
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Sep 4 2010, 2:30am

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Very Very Very Thankful... [In reply to] Can't Post

to hear you all are okay. I just heard the news of it and jumped to TORn immediately to check on fellow sibs. My goodness that had to be scary, but so happy to hear everyone is okay. I certainly hope our fellow New Zealanders do not have to experience such a thing ever again.





Starling
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Sep 4 2010, 2:47am

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Greetings from shaky Christchurch! [In reply to] Can't Post

Just checking in to say I am okay. We just got our power on.
There is some major damage around here (central city), a lot of streets are cordoned off due to collapsed buildings.
Midgey and I went for a little walk around the neighbourhood and it looks pretty bad. There is a lot of flooding and most chimneys are down. Some people around the corner from me have had to evacuate as their whole house has tipped onto its side.

My house has a lot of cracks. Thankfully the chimney was taken down a few years ago.
Midgey was freaked out and both cats took off. The have both since reappeared, looking rather bug-eyed!
I lost a few precious things that belonged to my Mum - plates and vases etc, and the fish did not enjoy their tsunami. There was water everywhere and broken stuff all over the floor, but it's only stuff.

On a brighter note, I have spent most of the day with various neighbours, which has been lovely. We think we should charge the rubber-neckers driving up and down our street!
One of my neighbours is a lovely little boy who has special needs. Part of his house fell into his bedroom. He is recovering from the shock by mowing my lawn wearing his Batman suit, the nicest thing I have seen all day. Smile


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 4 2010, 3:09am

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Good to know you're safe [In reply to] Can't Post

I was worried for you being in the city centre.
I don't think I'll sleep too well tonight!


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 4 2010, 3:11am

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He's home! [In reply to] Can't Post

A frightened little cat has just crept in through the front door. He's still scared and is jumping at the slightest noise.

But he's home! Thank you all for your best wishes.


Kelvarhin
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Sep 4 2010, 3:13am

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Glad to hear you're safe [In reply to] Can't Post

{{{{{{{Birdie}}}}}}}

Give Midgey a big hug from us as well.

Glad to hear the rest of our sibs are safe too.

Know what you mean about rubber-neckers, why don't the ghouls get out and help instead of adding to the problems. Mad


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Sep 4 2010, 3:17am

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Hurrah for Sammy! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad for you. You must've been so worried, on top of the trauma of the quake itself.

Best wishes for the clean-up.


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Kelvarhin
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Sep 4 2010, 3:49am

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Hey Birdie [In reply to] Can't Post

just heard on Fox News that they're thinking of evacuating the centre of town. Will that effect you?


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Sunflower
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Sep 4 2010, 3:54am

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Amen. [In reply to] Can't Post

Hooray for the return of the cat. Like others have said, animals arevery ingtelligent; and barring serious injury or worse, they will make their way home eventually. It's the humans that concern me more.

I've been through no worse than the 5.2 we had a InLabany a few yes ago, and that was weird enough. I still can't imagone a major quake and the nonchalance with which Californians ride it out. Big Bosie (((HUGS)))) to all our NZ sibs and glad everyone is OK.


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Rivendell


Sep 4 2010, 4:14am

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Pitch Black. [In reply to] Can't Post

Near the end of the earthquake there was an almighty jolt which made my big heavy bookcase come down on me. A bruise here & there, very sore head, but I'm okay. It was freaky because it all happened in pitch black.

Power just got turned back on.

Canterbury University has been closed down for a week.

I think a plane crashed killing 9 people, but not sure about that.


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Nienna
Rohan


Sep 4 2010, 4:30am

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Still haven't heard from Nimloth [In reply to] Can't Post

Nimloth isn't in the city centre so I hope she's okay - she hasn't clocked in yet - she mightn't have power yet - and of course she could have her hands full tidying up.
A fire has now started in the city centre - the power has come back on and it caused the fire. The fire brigade has poor water pressure so they're struggling.


Ataahua
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Sep 4 2010, 5:03am

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Yes, the plane crash was at Fox Glacier. [In reply to] Can't Post

Nine dead, one in hospital - TV news says the plane exploded on take-off. In other news, you've got a big rain front bearing down on you (all of the South Island) tomorrow, so be sure to cover up any cracks in houses before the rain starts.

It's all happening in the South Island.

So sorry to hear you got knocked about but I'm glad it wasn't anything worse!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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Sep 4 2010, 5:03am

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Wonderful news! / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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Sep 4 2010, 5:05am

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Hi Starling! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for checking in with us! I've been wondering when your power would come back on.


In Reply To
I lost a few precious things that belonged to my Mum - plates and vases etc,


I know that's a blow. Do you think any of them might be reparable?


In Reply To
He is recovering from the shock by mowing my lawn wearing his Batman suit, the nicest thing I have seen all day. Smile


How gorgeous! :D

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Elizabeth
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Sep 4 2010, 5:10am

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The plane crash was on Fox Glacier. [In reply to] Can't Post

Not connected to the earthquake. So happy to hear that everyone appears to be safe. For such a big quake in a populated area, it's a miracle that no one's died!






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stormcrow20
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Sep 4 2010, 5:14am

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Best wishes to all [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to hear from some of our friends down there. Sending many wishes for everyone toward a speedy recovery and cleanup. Smile

"Expect me when you see me."

(This post was edited by stormcrow20 on Sep 4 2010, 5:15am)


Starling
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Sep 4 2010, 5:40am

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Not really repairable [In reply to] Can't Post

Anything that was broken is utterly smashed to pieces. It is only a few things though.

Yes, the boy in the Batman suit totally made my day! Smile


hatster
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Sep 4 2010, 5:46am

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As always my thoughts went out to the TORNsibs [In reply to] Can't Post

when I heard the news, but this was the first chance I had to check in. So glad that most of you seemed to have come through OK. Stay safe. Hope you all have your safety stores to keep you going until life returns to normal. In the meantime you are all in my prayers.

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Sep 4 2010, 5:55am

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ya'll are a ok. :-)

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Sep 4 2010, 7:10am

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Aftershocks.... [In reply to] Can't Post

The pretty much constant aftershocks are so unnerving. My house is rocking as I type this.

I now officially hate earthquakes!


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Sep 4 2010, 7:34am

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That's a big one! [In reply to] Can't Post

The reports of damage and chaos all sound quite similar to the Loma Prieta quake in '89. Scary! I'm glad we've heard from nearly all the 'sibs and everyone's ok.

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Jazmine
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Sep 4 2010, 7:36am

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Oh no!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope kitty turns up. Perhaps he is hiding out until he feels sure it's all over! Glad to hear you are ok x



Starling
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Sep 4 2010, 7:39am

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Are you in ChCh Pioneer? [In reply to] Can't Post

I was starting to calm down until the latest series of aftershocks.
I am really over this!
Hope you are okay. Smile


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Sep 4 2010, 9:00am

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What a day! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have to agree with Pioneer and Starling, I am SO done with these aftershocks. They just don't seem to stop. There were three in 15 minutes while we were trying to read the boys to sleep a little while ago, and poor NZ Toddler is really quite spooked (or at least would be if he were still awake). There's been so many aftershocks that you start to imagine them a bit too, and when you're sitting trying to relax you just keep wondering when you're going to feel the next one and whether it will be big enough to make you run outside again. Interestingly, you can actually hear the bigger aftershocks coming. Imagine a giant train bearing down on your house faster than the fastest train can go: that's what it sounds like, with about 2 or 3 seconds of warning.

Our water came back on around mid-day, so we're a lot better off than many people now. We believe we're under a boil water notice, but it's a whole lot better than no water at all!

My mom (who's visiting from the States right now) and I took a walk around our little town, which seems to be making the news a lot too. There were HEAPS of people out surveying the damage, just like we were! The most fascinating damage was what looks like a new mini-fault line that has opened up just a block off the main street through town, running for as far as I could see in either direction (which wasn't too far, since buildings and houses block the view) -- but at least the equivalent of several city blocks, and probably much further. It was specatular in one big parking lot: half the parking lot was intact, but the other half was completely buckled, with massive cracks and gaps in the asphalt, and was sitting about 18 to 24 inches lower than the intact half. This little fault line actually runs right alongside the fire station: you can see the level at which the driveway running along the right side of the building USED to run, but the driveway is now sitting about 10 inches lower. The house next door to the fire station is at this new low level, but unfortunately the ground's drop broke the sewer main and maybe the water main too, so the house's driveway and yard, and the buckled street out front, are covered in mucky water and sludge. This swath of water and sludge follows the fault line, for as far as I could see it. Behind the sunken house and fire station run train tracks. The fault line runs right perpendicular under the tracks. The ground dropped about 24 inches along the fault line right there, so in one direction the tracks are perfectly supported and sitting on ground, but in the other direction, the tracks, still all connected to each other and with the railroad ties attached, are floating in the air like some awkward bridge, suspended for maybe some 40 feet before they meet back up with ground again. What a sight!

The university is officially closed for the next week, though I'm going to be surprised if it's up and running at full capacity by then. Our vice-chancellor estimates the damage to be at least in the millions. I've got tadpoles on campus that need care (if they're still alive: I won't be surprised if their tank ended up upside-down on the floor along with every other tank in the aquarium room), but we're not allowed on campus right now. :-(

And as I type this, I run to the doorway again for another aftershock!

Anyways, what counts is that everyone appears to have gotten through this relatively unscathed, for which we're extremely thankful.


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Sep 4 2010, 12:12pm

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That's a big relief! [In reply to] Can't Post

If only cats could talk, and tell you about all that he experienced...but he knows he's safe with you now. Smile


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dernwyn
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Sep 4 2010, 12:13pm

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Yikes! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to know you weren't injured too badly by that! Crazy


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Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Sep 4 2010, 12:19pm

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Wow [In reply to] Can't Post

that sure sounds impressive, that new fault line, great to see, but also a bit scary, knowing the earth can do that.
Glad to hear you and your family are alright.



dernwyn
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Sep 4 2010, 12:26pm

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You're all okay! [In reply to] Can't Post

Shattered ceramics and glassware - but no shattered lives. Do give Midgey and the cats extra ear-scritchies from us all, it's been quite a traumatic time for everyone!

I love that, about the little boy in his Batman suit. He knows how to take charge of the situation! Laugh What a great kid - and it sounds like you do have some great neighbors, as well.

(Part of me wonders how that awful woman with the awful dog fared...)


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




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Sep 4 2010, 1:33pm

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Excellent news! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for letting us know, and give him a hug from us.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Sep 4 2010, 1:35pm

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That sounds really scary! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad to hear you're (mostly) all right.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Sep 4 2010, 1:38pm

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So sorry about your monther's plates and vases. [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds sad. But your description of the neighbor boy is delightful. I'm glad to hear you're OK!


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Rivendweller
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Sep 4 2010, 2:19pm

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Has anyone heard from Estelwyn ? [In reply to] Can't Post

She is an old ( not in age ) TORnsib who I know used to live in Nelson, NZ but moved to another city a few years back. Has anyone heard form her at all ? Also, did not Leggylass live out there as well?


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Ethel Duath
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Sep 4 2010, 2:38pm

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So glad everyone seems O.K. and that "The Cat Came Back"! [In reply to] Can't Post

Have we heard from everyone, yet?


Lily Fairbairn
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Sep 4 2010, 2:39pm

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My goodness! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad you and the family and our other 'sibs and their pets are all right -- and fingers crossed for those who haven't reported in yet. I live in Texas, so am accustomed to tornado warnings and the like, but an earthquake -- oh my *shudders in more ways than one*

Take care!

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Ethel Duath
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Sep 4 2010, 2:48pm

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Oh, that is wonderful, about your little Batman lawn-rescuer! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm so sorry about your mother's things being broken. Hopefully the cracks in your house aren't too structural and can be repaired . . . Glad everyone is alive and well, though--and hoping you can all get water easily!


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Starling
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Sep 4 2010, 2:54pm

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Because of the fire [In reply to] Can't Post

in the central city, there was talk of it. It was only in one building though. Actually, it was in a really revolting strip club which I have always hated. No comment...

We are still awake (3.00am) because the aftershocks are constant and it is impossible to relax. Soon I will have been awake for 24 hours. Crazy
I look stunning in my three jerseys, woolly hat and blankies, clutching a hot water bottle.
It is important to always look your best in the face of disaster. Cool


Ethel Duath
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Sep 4 2010, 2:55pm

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Glad you weren't badly hurt-- [In reply to] Can't Post

that sounds very painful and scary--and rather unfair to be hurt by books (in a sense)!


Ethel Duath
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Sep 4 2010, 2:57pm

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Oh dear! Have you heard yet? [In reply to] Can't Post

And how are they doing with the fire?


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 4 2010, 3:00pm

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We are lucky here, we have both water and power now [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been listening to the radio and there are some of people sleeping in cars, still without power and water.
It is cold tonight, and there are gale-force winds predicted for tomorrow.

We are being asked to conserve water, so no showers etc.
It will be a relief when it is daylight again - night time is not much fun.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 4 2010, 3:03pm

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She may still be without power [In reply to] Can't Post

A lot of areas are.
Hope you are okay, Nimloth.

The fire was only in an isolated area, but I think there was worry because the water pressure is low.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 4 2010, 3:09pm

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And you [In reply to] Can't Post

Not quite what we had planned for our weekend!


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 4 2010, 3:14pm

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Later on [In reply to] Can't Post

my little neighbour donned Spiderman pants and a tiger mask. He generously let his Mum borrow his Superman pants. Laugh
They have gone to a friend's place now, as their house is badly damaged. It will be a bit quiet without them.


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Sep 4 2010, 4:03pm

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Her profile says Aotearoa. [In reply to] Can't Post

This seems to be near Wellington, and a long ways from Christchurch.
Though she hasn't posted for (almost exactly) two years, she was viewing the forums earlier this week.

As for Leggylass, who's not been seen here for three years, I had to turn to her profile on the old forums to learn that she lives (lived?) in Wellington.

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Sep 4 2010, 4:07pm

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We had a 6.8 a few years back [In reply to] Can't Post

I was 50 miles from the epicenter but still got a pretty exciting ride for a couple minutes. I was in the bathtub - my dog, who hates baths, almost got in with me!

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Kirly
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Sep 4 2010, 4:10pm

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I hate earthquakes! Glad to hear of the minimal loss of human life! [In reply to] Can't Post

I do so hate earthquakes! I grew up in Southern California and lived there until I was 24 so I have experienced a number of them and I can understand how jittery everyone must be during these aftershocks. Unfortunately, from what I read in the news now it seems that NZ isn't going to escape earthquakes any time soon being at the junction of 2 tectonic plates (i believe that's what it said). I moved to Arizona where earthquakes are more rare. I hope everyone is able to to return to normal as soon as possible and to rebuild their homes and businesses to be even more safe during any future quakes.

In case no one remembers me, I'm a very rare commenter here but i check in periodically to catch up on the latest news - which I appreciate very much. Oh, and I was on the December 2004 Red Carpet Tour. Vacation of a lifetime!


Eledhwen
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Sep 4 2010, 4:23pm

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Aotearoa is just the Maori for NZ [In reply to] Can't Post

So she could actually be anywhere on either island. I can't remember.

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Eledhwen
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Sep 4 2010, 4:24pm

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Glad you're all right, Starling [In reply to] Can't Post

It all sounds fairly nasty, but at least the majority of people are safe and everyone's pulling together.

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Eledhwen
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Sep 4 2010, 4:25pm

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Hurrah! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good for Sammy. Cool

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Elizabeth
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Sep 4 2010, 6:37pm

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Nimloth hasn't checked in yet. [In reply to] Can't Post

We're hoping it's just because she doesn't have power yet.






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Roheryn
Grey Havens

Sep 4 2010, 7:58pm

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She's not near Christchurch. [In reply to] Can't Post

If I remember right, she's up in Nelson; and if I'm wrong about Nelson, I am at least sure she's nowhere near Christchurch. I spoke to someone last night who's in Nelson. She felt the quake up there, but it wasn't anywhere near strong enough to cause damage. So I'm sure Estelwyn's okay!


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Sep 4 2010, 10:59pm

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That's the spirit, luv! [In reply to] Can't Post

How is the weather treating you this morning? I hope the wind is kinder than forecast.

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Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 4 2010, 11:27pm

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Yeah, I live in Richmond [In reply to] Can't Post

which is a 20 minute walk from the now closed-off central city. I think they're about to send in the cadaver dogs. Oh well, I'm still alive & confident of being in The Hobbit. After all, if I can get into Narnia, I'm sure I can get into The Hobbit.

Can't keep a good centaur down!!! Smile


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Ataahua
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Sep 4 2010, 11:33pm

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A moment of humour: [In reply to] Can't Post

I heard on radio news that all the Pak 'N Save supermarkets in Christchurch are open this morning, and the products most in demand are water, batteries, fresh meat ... and liquor.

Can't blame them, really!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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N.E. Brigand
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Sep 5 2010, 12:13am

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Ah, good to know. Thanks. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Sep 5 2010, 2:12am

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I'm glad you're well! [In reply to] Can't Post

Anything above 7 is very dangerous, as we've also painfully found out around here. Glad to hear from you!

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Sep 5 2010, 3:52am

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I hope you and your family can get some sleep soon-- [In reply to] Can't Post

and that the underground Giant who keeps rolling around and causing all this will just settle down and go to sleep himself!! Wink


Nimloth
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Sep 5 2010, 4:29am

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I'm finally here [In reply to] Can't Post

What an unreal experience the last day has been! I'm fine and our house has not been damaged, though like Starling and Nienna I have broken glasses and ornaments, including 2 of my LOTR busts Unsure. The pantry emptied itself all over the kitchen but really we got off lightly compared to others. We have power now and water which we are supposed to boil first. My boss rang me an hour ago and said our workplace in the city centre has been damaged and not to come in tomorrow or Tuesday when the situation will be reassessed.The aftershocks are still coming, though I think I'm imagining they are getting weaker and less frequent. I think the fact that the quake hit at 4.30am has been a blessing because most people were safely in their beds, not at work or on the streets.There's going to be a massive amount to do to get Christchurch back up and running properly.


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Sep 5 2010, 4:37am

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So glad you're safe! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's the most important thing Smile {{{{{{{Nimloth}}}}}}}


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Kelvarhin
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Sep 5 2010, 4:40am

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Because of the fire in the central city, there was talk of it. It was only in one building though. Actually, it was in a really revolting strip club which I have always hated. No comment...

There's always a silver lining Wink

Hope you manage to get some proper sleep soon. Good to hear you're keeping your appearances up too WinkLaugh

How're Midgey and the cats holding up?


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Sep 5 2010, 4:57am

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Glad you're here, Nimloth! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm glad to hear your house has come through it unscathed.

I've been really impressed with how thorough and organised Civil Defence has been (or so it appears from the news reports). Between that and the Government, and communities rallying to help each other, it sounds like everything is in hand for the immediate care and long-term recovery. How does it look to you on the ground?

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
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Sauron: "Mine's better."

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dernwyn
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Sep 5 2010, 11:32am

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Good to hear from you! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm glad that your damage was minimal! Can the busts be replaced?


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Morthoron
Gondor


Sep 5 2010, 5:18pm

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Most likely... [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien got an advanced copy of The Hobbit script and rolled over in his grave.

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Nienna
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Sep 5 2010, 7:46pm

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So pleased to hear you're safe [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm off to work now - it will be interesting to see how it goes!


the_argonath
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Sep 5 2010, 8:24pm

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Here's thinking of all Christchurch-based sibs :) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Sep 5 2010, 10:20pm

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Wouldn't that have hit Wellington instead of Christchurch?// [In reply to] Can't Post

 






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Starling
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Sep 5 2010, 10:45pm

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We are nearly neighbours [In reply to] Can't Post

I am in the central city, just outside the cordon.
I am in the queue to get the Earthquake Commission to assess the house, as I have no idea if it is safe. The cracks have increased since the first night of aftershocks.
At least I don't have to go to work for a couple of days, so I can gather my wits!

Hang in there. Smile


Starling
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Sep 5 2010, 10:50pm

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So glad you are okay [In reply to] Can't Post

It is a relief to see that you have checked in.
You may not be able to get to work for a while, by the look of things here in town.

I am so sick of those aftershocks. At least they are becoming fewer and far between, but the poor dog is very sensitive to them and he may need a valium prescription.


Morthoron
Gondor


Sep 5 2010, 10:51pm

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Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

The man is dead, Elizabeth. One can't really fault the aim of a dead guy.

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Starling
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Sep 5 2010, 10:53pm

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We went shopping yesterday [In reply to] Can't Post

My main purchase was wine. Cool


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Sep 5 2010, 11:03pm

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A girl after my own heart. [In reply to] Can't Post

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I'm sorry to hear about your house! Are you staying at home or somewhere else?

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Starling
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Sep 5 2010, 11:24pm

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I came home this morning and the landlord came round with his builder friend to have a look. A lot of the cracks appear to be just surface ones in the plaster and wallpaper, but there has been significant movement in the outside wall, and possibly in the wall between the two flats.
Now we have to wait for our turn with the Earthquake Commission.
I am quite happy pottering around in the day, as there is still a lot of tidying up to do. I have places to go tonight if I don't want to sleep here.


JRandomRohirrim
Rohan


Sep 5 2010, 11:30pm

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...we'd planned to go to Christchurch tomorrow...

We understand our B&B is pretty much undamaged and is open. However, now we hear there's water contamination. Since this is our first (and likely only) trip to this part of the world, we'd really hoped to see a little of New Zealand. I'm currently on hold with my airline, trying to see if I can swap a Melbourne-Christchurch flight for a Melbourne-Wellington flight.


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Starling
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Sep 5 2010, 11:48pm

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It would be a tourist experience you wouldn't forget! Seriously, though, I wouldn't bother. I live in the central city and it is a mess. Even if your B & B is undamaged, as you mentioned there are problems with water, sewerage is an ongoing issue, and large areas of the central city are cordoned off, making it very difficult to get around.
Christchurch is definitely not at its sparkling best. Unsure


grammaboodawg
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Sep 6 2010, 12:43am

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I've been out of town for the past few days, and I've only just now heard about this. Your recount has me so fearful of what you've been through and what could still happen. I'm so sorry you've had to go through this, but I thank God that you're all okay. This is incredible.

Give your menfolk and extra hug for me... and for you *warm hug*

I'm still so stunned...


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Sep 6 2010, 12:47am

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so stunned to see him. What a wonderful little miracle after all of that upheaval! Thank God you're okaky! So Scary!!!


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Immortal


Sep 6 2010, 12:49am

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The Bookcase!?! It's a miracle you weren't more badly injured! Thank God! In total darkness things are so much scarier... but I can't even imagine what you went though! *warm hug*


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Sep 6 2010, 12:57am

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Oh geez... that's such a great image of your neighbour-boy mowing in his Batman suit... but I'm more relieved that you're okay. This is all so upsetting. I'm so scared for all of you. Thank God you're okay. Thank you for letting us know... *warm hug*


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Sep 6 2010, 1:01am

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and I don't blame them one little bit! No rattling in Wellington? I know it's quite a distance, but I can't help but worry for ya'll. It makes you appreciate how special and fragile our worlds are. *hugs*


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Sep 6 2010, 1:07am

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I can't imagine how surreal this must be. Thank God you weren't injured and that your home is basically intact. *warm hug*


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Starling
Half-elven


Sep 6 2010, 1:57am

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We have had close to 100 aftershocks and I think I have felt every single one. They do seem to be reducing, but just when you start to relax, another one hits. There was one about 90 minutes ago that was a real jolt. I can't believe it was only 4.5!
Lack of sleep and frayed nerves is just part of the deal I guess.

I am missing my lovely little Batman. His family had to leave while they wait for the structural damage to be assessed.


Sunflower
Valinor

Sep 6 2010, 2:04am

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To everyone...for the thousanth time, I am thanking the good Lord I do not live in a area prone to earthquakes. It sounds like the aftershocks are even scarier than the Real Thing. Glad everyone is safe and sound,...God bless


weaver
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Sep 6 2010, 2:17am

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We have an occasional little tremor here, nothing like what our NZ folk have been through; even a small shake with no damage is freaky, I can't imagine what it's like to live through something on a much bigger scale like this.

Sounds like there's a lot of work to be done before things get back to normal, but glad to know all our TORn folk are fine, and hope things settle down for all of you very soon.

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Nienna
Rohan


Sep 6 2010, 3:47am

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I was very pleased to see Sammy home - however he took off again two hours later when we had another big shake. He stayed away this time for 20 hours. I was beginning to think he'd never come home again when he came creeping home! He's handling the aftershocks a bit better now.

Today I went to work - it was surreal - we were the only organisation open in that part of the city and our only company was the army! The streets were sealed off and they allowed us to work in our undamaged building on the understanding we'd lock the front door. There's a possibility of masonry falling from neighbouring buildings.


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Rivendell


Sep 6 2010, 4:09am

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I just took some photos of old buildings that look like pieces of cake that've been droped on the floor.

At least the ducks in the Avon River are happy as Larry.


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Nienna
Rohan


Sep 6 2010, 4:36am

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We had a couple of strong aftershocks today didn't we?
The courier told me that they're moving quickly to demolish the damaged buildings in the CBD. I guess that part of the city will look quite different when we're allowed back in again.


Nimloth
Lorien


Sep 6 2010, 5:51am

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Yes there has been a couple of big ones today. It makes me feel quite jumpy and the dog is definately not herself. She's follows me everywhere I go in the house, has nearly tripped me up a couple of times! She doesn't understand what's happening.


Nimloth
Lorien


Sep 6 2010, 5:53am

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It was Aragorn and Elrond. My bust collection is the pride and joy of my LOTR collectibles, though I don't have them all.


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 6 2010, 6:01am

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I smiled when I read that your pet follows you everywhere - my pet deserted me!
One of our staff members is still searching for her cat - the cat disappeared at the time of the earthquake and hasn't been seen since. Sammy's reaction didn't seem quite so bad when I heard that!

Oh dear - that was a big shock just now!


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Roheryn
Grey Havens

Sep 6 2010, 8:06am

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You're right, that was a big one at about 6:00. It sent all four of us scurrying for doorways, just when I thought we were nearly immune. Each one still sends my adrenaline up again, and even routine noises (like the wind making the house creak or a door opening) are making me jump wondering if it's another aftershock.


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 6 2010, 8:14am

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I too jump a bit when I hear a noise.

I had no idea we'd get so many tremors. Just when I think they're reducing in number and power, we get a real beaut! The 6pm one did make me nervous.

I do hope the quakes stop soon. I feel a bit guilty because for the likes of me, with no damage to home or work premises, I will be able to go back to my usual life, but for some the angst will continue for a long time.


Starling
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Sep 6 2010, 9:42am

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is the suggestion that an aftershock of 6 is entirely possible. How on earth can you relax with the thought of that in the back of your mind?

I can't even imagine being at work and trying to keep the children in my class safe, let alone calm.


JRandomRohirrim
Rohan


Sep 6 2010, 12:43pm

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Our plane was finally cancelled so we just got tickets to take us straight to Sydney on Friday (where we'd planned to go after Christchurch).

There is now a Worldcon bid for cNew Zealand in 2020. It would probably be in either Auckland or Wellington. So maybe we'd have yet another reason to eventually go to NZ.


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Half-elven


Sep 6 2010, 2:10pm

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We loved it when we were there a couple of years ago. But I'm sorry you won't make it to NZ -- and even sorrier for the reason you won't make it to NZ.

Heart A big hug to all our Kiwi 'sibs! Heart

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Sep 6 2010, 8:49pm

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Any more news on your house yet?

I hope you and Midgey are holding up. You must be exhausted! Do know that we are thinking of you, though that is of little use! xxx



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Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2010, 9:46pm

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My best to you all!


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Sep 6 2010, 10:27pm

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* An estimated 100,000 of the 160,000 homes in the Selwyn, Christchurch and Waimakariri areas were damaged. Already, 431 homes have been identified as likely to be demolished but that number is expected to grow.

* The earthquake moved land up about a metre in some places, and lurched horizontally 4.6m. Seismologists measured the shaking at 1.25 times the strength of gravity (!) at Greendale, the closest township to the epicentre of the quake.

* A good news story: Canterbury University students have organised working bees to help with the clean-up.

* And news of Kaiapoi residents (just north of Christchurch) working together in the aftermath.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Starling
Half-elven


Sep 6 2010, 11:34pm

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The aftershocks just won't let up. We had several quakes registering 5, so everyone is exhausted. It is impossible to relax. I don't know about my house yet, it may be worse since the aftershocks last night. I am bracing myself to go and have a look later today.
We are waiting to hear if schools will reopen tomorrow. It is hard to imagine being at work. I just spoke to our Principal. Her house literally broke in half.
It really does feel like a nightmare, but people are looking after each other very well. Somebody said last night that everybody has lost something, but no-one has lost someone.


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Sep 7 2010, 1:00am

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Oh, gosh, what a for-real nightmare, with those aftershocks continuing like that! Unsure

I feel so badly for your principal! And were you able to assess your house?


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Starling
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Sep 7 2010, 1:03am

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with the Earthquake Commission.
Later today I will try to find out about whether my house is safe enough to go into. I am just in limbo at the moment. Also, because I am renting, I can't do a heck of a lot.


JRandomRohirrim
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Sep 7 2010, 9:48am

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Christchurch looked like such a wonderful place to visit - I'm sure it will be again sometime.

We've enjoyed Melbourne and are looking forward to Sydney! Tomorrow, we're taking a Great Ocean Road bus trip.


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Sep 7 2010, 2:37pm

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aftershocks I just saw on Fox News - at least 20 last night. Man I feel for you guys/gals. Hang in there!

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Sep 7 2010, 5:48pm

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and the people of New Zealand.

Best

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Sep 7 2010, 7:38pm

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I hope the aftershocks start to die down soon...

And hopefully your home has escaped the worst of it xx



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Sep 7 2010, 8:18pm

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How are you guys down there?

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Jazmine
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Sep 7 2010, 8:38pm

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Those guys just can't catch a break at the moment can they? Frown



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Sep 7 2010, 8:41pm

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I can't believe how many aftershocks have been reported! Sending best wishes down to everyone in the Christchurch area. Heart


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Starling
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Sep 7 2010, 8:46pm

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I am okay. That was very, very scary. I am so glad I am at my friend's house. I have no idea if my house is still standing after that one. Midgey is a nervous wreck. I have no idea if my poor cats are okay. Frown


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Sep 7 2010, 9:40pm

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you can retrieve any things of value at your house, and bring them to where you're staying?

If only it were possible for one of us to provide a home for Midgey (and the cats!) until this is over!

{{Starling}} Hang in there...Unsure


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Starling
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Sep 7 2010, 9:51pm

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But we are having so many quakes at the moment we don't want to go anywhere just now. The current advice is not to travel unless it is an emergency anyway. I just rang the police to go and check on my neighbour, who is staying put despite the two storey house next to her being cordoned off because it is condemned and will fall on her if it collapses.


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Sep 7 2010, 10:32pm

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It's that kind of thoughtfulness and action that will see the Canterbury community through this.

Don't wait til midday to have a calming wine if you need one. The sun's over the yard-arm somewhere in the world!

*gentle hug*

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
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Sep 7 2010, 10:55pm

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Yesterday we were listening to the trauma counsellor on the radio talking about what to watch out for as indicators of *not coping*. There was hysterical laughter as the person said, "Watch out for addictive behaviours such as over-eating, and alcohol consumption." At the time I was pouring wine and my friend was demolishing a bag of lollies! Laugh

Thanks for the kind thoughts.


Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 7 2010, 11:00pm

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The shallow 5.1 aftershock this morning wasn't an aftershock - it was a new earthquake. The mayor then came on radio - he didn't sound good. Not many people heard that little interview because the quake knocked out power again, but the radio station replayed that interview later once power was back on.

I then realized that I hadn't eaten anything for a few days & that I've lost a lot of weight. So I went to the supermarket (amazingly it was still open though some of the ceiling had collapsed) to get some food - & my pants fell down!

I'll keep on truckin'.


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Ataahua
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Sep 7 2010, 11:09pm

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I shouldn't laugh ... but I am. :D

Get some food into you, Pioneer!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Sep 8 2010, 12:02am

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Those aftershocks [In reply to] Can't Post

must be so exhausting, robbing people of sleep or even the chance to relax.

You're in our thoughts and prayers, Christchurch friends.


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dernwyn
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Sep 8 2010, 1:45am

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...coping quite well! Laugh

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Kelvarhin
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Sep 8 2010, 1:45am

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you could call it the ultimate in crash dieting... *ducks* :D

Keep safe guys *hugs*


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dernwyn
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Sep 8 2010, 1:47am

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Yes, get some good solid sustenance into you! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




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Sep 8 2010, 2:11am

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Sep 8 2010, 2:23am

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I'm sending all my positive thoughts and prayers to all of you. Hang in there!!!


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Sep 8 2010, 3:45am

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the recommended therapy? (Should be if they aren't!). Cool We all so wish we could get down there and help you all out! I'm glad to hear you are eating, after what happened to Pioneer . . .


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Sep 8 2010, 3:59am

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Take ya pick WinkLaughHeart


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Nienna
Rohan


Sep 8 2010, 5:07am

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It was a tough one this morning. This aftershock threw more books around than the Saturday quake. The worst of it was the dreadful smell of sewerage in our part of town - I thought the army would ask us to leave. I fine it easier to keep working! The smell disappeared after a couple of hours thank goodness.

I phoned all staff advising them not to come in to work if they were too nervous - they all desperately wanted to come in to work so they would have company. It's much better being together.

Thanks so much for your thoughts. I'm a bit nervous about getting through tonight.


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 8 2010, 5:12am

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Hi Starling - that was an awful one wasn't it? I had no power at work when I got there - somehow it seems that much worse when everything is dark.
My darling cat is AWOL but this time I want to go with him!


Roheryn
Grey Havens

Sep 8 2010, 7:48am

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as of not-quite 3 hours ago. I'm so jumpy, my adreneline shoots up when I hear the slightest rumbling or house-noise: a door opening, a heavy car driving by outside, the dog pawing at the door, the boys dropping something: it all sounds like the start of another aftershock. I have to say, though, I'm getting more likely to stay put than head for cover: "Oh, that feels like about a 4.5 right now; I think I'll just sit here and wait." My younger boy, NZ Toddler, is really nervous about it all. I put him down for his nap this afternoon and he clung to me asking if there would be another earthquake. He finally lay down muttering to himself, "No more big aftershocks, just lots and lots of little aftershocks...". He's also been getting up in the night and joining us in bed. Actually, I took our older boy out last night to sleep in our sleepout with me. I felt a lot more secure sleeping in a room with an aluminum roof and siding, as opposed to our brick house with its heavy tile roof!

Our little town just north of Christchurch is hard-hit in pockets, but our neighborhood is more or less fine. Funnily enough, a teenage girl delivering yoghurt, cheese, and water knocked on our door this afternoon. I assured her we were fine and had all the food we needed, but she insisted I take some, so I took some yoghurt. Good on her for getting out to help people; that was really touching. The level of support out here is fantastic, and although the grocery store has lots of gaps on its shelves, it's got plenty of food as long as you don't have your heart set on one particular thing. Our downtown "central business district" -- really just a couple of blocks of businesses on one street -- has been reopened to the public, but lots of the businesses are still closed and some are severely damaged. Our swimming pool, library, and post office are closed indefinitely, and the smaller of our two grocery stores, which was in the process of undergoing extensive renovations which they were very excited about, will probably be demolished.

Our university has delayed reopening for another week, til 20th Sept, meaning we're losing two weeks of teaching, or else having the end of the semester pushed back. Not sure yet. We're expecting to be allowed back in to clean up our personal spaces tomorrow and Friday, but we won't be allowed to do much more than that. The library suffered major damage inside (though not structural); there might still be some pictures up here. They're saying we won't be allowed to access any books for the rest of the semester. How we can teach, and how students can be taught, without books in many disciplines remains a mystery.

That's about it from here -- I'm back to the sleepout tonight!


Elizabeth
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Sep 8 2010, 8:20am

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Thanks for the continuing updates. [In reply to] Can't Post

We're all keeping you and all our Canterbury TORnsibs in our thoughts through all this.

You're really having a tough time with all those aftershocks. I remember having some after the bigger quakes we had in CA (you probably do, too -- were you around for the Northridge quake? But I don't remember nearly so many that were seriously felt, mostly just minor jiggles. The fact that it seems to be a new fault may be the difference. In any case, i hope things settle down soon!






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Roheryn
Grey Havens

Sep 8 2010, 8:35am

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I wasn't there [In reply to] Can't Post

for the Northridge quake; I moved to CA in 2002, so I missed that one.

It's the aftershocks over about 5.0 that are really unnerving, and still causing further damage to already-weakened structures, or making things fall off shelves some more. Unsettlingly, they're still telling us that the biggest aftershock could well be yet to come. They say of the 284+ that we've had so far, we've probably felt about 150. I think they're more unnerving at night, since that's when the main quake hit, and the memory of being woken up that way from a sound sleep (and in our case, trying to dash out of a wildly rocking house carrying two boys in pitch-black darkness) is something I'm sure none of us will ever forget. It does make relaxing rather a challenge. Poor little NZ Toddler keeps coming up to me whimpering "I want up you, Mommy!" for me to pick him up. We'll get through this, and I know the worst is over, but there are a fair number of homeless people now who have a lot of recovery ahead of them.


Starling
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Sep 8 2010, 9:30am

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Get some food into you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am wondering if you live alone, and, if so, are you okay? I am fiercely independent and live by myself, but I need to be in company at the moment and staying with my friends is keeping me sane.
I hope you have someone with you. Please keep in touch. Smile


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 9:34am

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As well as anyone else I suppose [In reply to] Can't Post

I feel exhausted, and frightened at times. We have been trying to do some normal things, like taking the dog for a walk.
I was relieved when I went home today to see both cats quickly turning up and demanding food.
I hope your cat comes back soon.

It must be so weird for you to be going to work.
It is really only now starting to sink in for me how much my beloved central city has changed forever. Frown


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 9:38am

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Nothing could have prepared me [In reply to] Can't Post

for the experience of these aftershocks. I have always considered myself well informed and reasonably well prepared for the big one. I knew that there would be aftershocks and that they could go on for some time, but this experience is very difficult to describe.
The whole city is being repeatedly traumatised but somehow we are getting through it.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 9:40am

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My problem will be [In reply to] Can't Post

eating too much. Wink


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 9:43am

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I am trying to prepare myself [In reply to] Can't Post

for when we have to go back to school. I am starting to wonder how many parents will even want to send their children to school after what has happened. I can understand if you want to hold on tight to your children.

Take care x


dernwyn
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Sep 8 2010, 10:13am

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Not "forever"... [In reply to] Can't Post

It will be different, but I think eventually it will be restored as much as can be; it seems like you have some good folks in charge!

Just think of the Shire, after the Scouring: it will never be the way it was before, but it'll be close - and in some ways, maybe parts of it might even be better! Smile

It will just take time, and willing hands...

{{hugs!}}


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
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dernwyn
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Sep 8 2010, 10:14am

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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 8 2010, 12:42pm

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Cartoon World. [In reply to] Can't Post


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I am wondering if you live alone, and, if so, are you okay? I am fiercely independent and live by myself, but I need to be in company at the moment and staying with my friends is keeping me sane.
I hope you have someone with you. Please keep in touch. Smile


I assume you're talking to me because you mentioned food. I have one flatmate - we're okay, thanks. Though I don't really know anyone else here in Christchurch coz I only moved here in February. Yeah, so I decided to move here for the hell of it & it ends up falling down around my ears - great timing, aye.

Coincidentally I lived through the Auckland Central power crisis of 1998, so in a weird kind of way I'm used to living in a cartoon world.


Nick Frost for Bombur


Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 3:04pm

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I so wish there was something I could do to help [In reply to] Can't Post

other than sit here halfway around the world and send healing thoughts toward you all! Take care, Ro and NZS and the children, Starling, Nienna, Nimloth, Pioneer -- and everyone else I'm not naming here. We're thinking of you.

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Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?

A man may do both. For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 8 2010, 4:50pm

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"... but no-one has lost someone..." [In reply to] Can't Post

So well said... but the heartache of not knowing, or seeing what has been lost is such a silent torture. I hope your home is standing, whole, salvagable, and just waiting for you to come back :)

The Stone Giants aren't done shaking things up, it appears. Prayers that they sleep now and forever.

Hang in there!


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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 8 2010, 7:31pm

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Glad Mo and Toots are ok [In reply to] Can't Post

Though they must be wondering what on earth is going on. Hope Nienna's cat turns up again soon!

You do seem to be coping with this really well, I would be a complete wreck in your shoes. Thanks for all the updates, it's good to know you are safe.



Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 8:38pm

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It sure is [In reply to] Can't Post

What a bizarre time. It's good to hear you have a flatmate and you can keep eachother company.

Welcome to Christchurch. Crazy


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 8:43pm

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You are helping [In reply to] Can't Post

Knowing that people on the other side of the world are thinking of us is very comforting.
Coming here each day is just one of the 'normal' things that helps me get through.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 8:48pm

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I am amazed by how well they are coping [In reply to] Can't Post

As soon as I arrive, they are there demanding their food. Toots looks rather bug-eyed, but she is eating and sticking around.
I know Mo is okay because the first thing she did was bash up Midgey!
There are a lot of traumatised pets around. Yesterday I met a woman whose dog is on valium. It hasn't eaten since the quake and is highly stressed. This is becoming more and more common.
So mine are all coping extremely well, given the circumstances.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 8 2010, 8:54pm

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Heritage buidlings [In reply to] Can't Post

Those are the ones I am sad about. The extent of the damage is still not fully apparent, and some of our treasured buildings which coped fairly well with the initial shakes, have sustained further damage in the aftershocks and have to be reassessed.

It is hard to get your head around the extent of this for our city. Last I heard, 6 out of 10 homes need repairs. The standard greeting seems to have become, "How's your house?". Where I am staying, if you walk down the street there is minimal obvious damage, yet we have already talked to four families whose houses will be condemned.

Thank you for your kind thoughts. It does really help to know people haven't forgotten about us.


Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 8 2010, 9:01pm

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Those buildings really set Christchurch apart for us [In reply to] Can't Post

You don't really see architecture like it anywhere else in NZ, so Christchurch really reminded us a little of home. It will be sad to lose them, I hope some are able to be restored.



Eruwestial37
Rohan

Sep 9 2010, 3:24am

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You are not forgotten [In reply to] Can't Post

Nor will you be! New Zealand has earned a piece of our hearts so we're behind you 100%. HUGS and hopes these aftershocks settle down and your homes aren't as badly damaged as it seems.

Perhaps the students who need textbooks could manage with computers? E-readers can hold all manner of books and if there is aid coming, that might be an answer. Even our schools have managed to get new iPads for all incoming freshmen as they were cheaper than buying new books every year.

All the best. And special hugs to NZ toddler.


Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 9 2010, 8:11am

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Sleep. [In reply to] Can't Post

I just had a big 12-hour sleep - so I feel much better.

Thanks for the welcome wagon, Starling, even though the wheels have come off.


Nick Frost for Bombur


Nienna
Rohan


Sep 9 2010, 8:25am

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Sammy's home [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Jazmine

It looks as though Sammy (the cat) has finally realised that it isn't a lot safer outside than it is inside. When there's been a bad tremor during the day I do have to go looking for him outside but now I've find his hiding place so I know where to look for him and I can eventually coax him back into the house.

We haven't had any huge tremors today and I went out to dinner with a friend. It was difficult deciding where we'd go for dinner as a lot of the places we usually go to are closed.

I hope things are going well for the two of you.


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 9 2010, 8:50am

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Congratulations [In reply to] Can't Post

A 12 hour sleep is a major achievement. Smile


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 9 2010, 8:57am

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Go Sammy! [In reply to] Can't Post

We are all becoming earthquake experts, including the cats.
Take care x


dernwyn
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Sep 9 2010, 10:07am

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and to know that Sammy's nearby when he's outside - and you know where he is! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




dernwyn
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Sep 9 2010, 10:14am

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Lots of hugs... [In reply to] Can't Post

...for the boys, Ro!

This is turning out to be more massive than anyone thought it would be...

Were you able to get back to your area? What happened with the tadpoles?

That picture of the stacks collapsed in the library is a book-keeper's nightmare. I wonder if they'd consider letting a team of students in, to help re-organize?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Sep 9 2010, 4:43pm

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Looks like clean up is going ahead [In reply to] Can't Post

Good to see they are already cleaning up and making progress with it.
All those tumbled down bookcases look so sad, and that will be a lot of work, getting them upright and filled again.

How is the situation at home? Is it calming down a bit?

Be prepared to be jumpy for a while when you hear noises. I've been close to a gas explosion and it took a while before I didn't jump when a loud noise close to me occurred.

All the best!



Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 9 2010, 5:38pm

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I just wanted to say that you're all still very much on my mind. [In reply to] Can't Post

My brother lived through the big quake in Istanbul in which 10,000 people died, and I remember how long it took for life to get back to normal for so many people. I'm guessing our NZ sibs are having some long hard days right now. As others have said, I feel helpless, but I hope it helps a little bit to know how much your TORnsibs love you all.


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leleni at hotmail dot com
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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 9 2010, 8:05pm

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Well, I hope things begin to ease now [In reply to] Can't Post

So you can all get back to some form of "normality". Poor Sammy's nerves must be shot!

We are both doing well, it will be six months since our wedding next week, I can't believe quite how quickly this year is passing.

Hopefully life will quieten down for you after all of this!



Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 9 2010, 8:21pm

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Christchurch quake map. [In reply to] Can't Post

An interestnig way to view the original earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks: http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 10 2010, 12:45am

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That is an awesome video. [In reply to] Can't Post

Well-constructed - and frightening: one can almost feel the earthquakes.

A couple of times I had the impression of watching a shooting-gallery...Unsure


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 10 2010, 1:11am

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How horrifyingly interminable this must have seemed! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can hardly imagine how it must have been, going on and on and on like that. What do they think about the chance for future quakes--is it one of those California-type situations, where it's not so much if, but when? Unsure


Elizabeth
Half-elven


Sep 10 2010, 1:45am

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Fascinating. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was interested in the number of events outside the main area of activity (a few to the northwest, several near the end of the peninsula). Have the geologists produced a map of the faults they think were active yet? I gather there were some they didn't know about.






Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 10 2010, 4:00am

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Scientists think the fault last fractured [In reply to] Can't Post

around 16,000 years ago. Talk about losing out on the odds.

I saw an aerial photo in our newspaper (and I can't for the life of me find it online) of a field with a visible deformation across the surface. The farmer had marked out his field with the words: "No fault line? Yeah right."

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
Half-elven


Sep 10 2010, 6:27am

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Umm [In reply to] Can't Post

It is still going. Unsure


Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 10 2010, 6:55am

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Stop lying, Starling!!! Just kidding. [In reply to] Can't Post

Today there was another big aftershock at 7am & then two more at 1pm which woke me from an awesome dream where I was fighting Dr Evil at his moon base.

I've fastened my big bookcase to the wall so it can't fall down on me again. What a strange week it's been - & we now have some new rivers that have appeared out of no where.

Keep fighting the universe, Starling.


Nick Frost for Bombur


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 10 2010, 12:25pm

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Bless your sweet heart. [In reply to] Can't Post

You have an amazing sense of humor--hope it continues to buoy you up.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 10 2010, 12:26pm

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Still going! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a nightmare! Big hugs to you, sweet Starling. Wish I could do something, but all I can do is sent my thoughts and love halfway around the world.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 10 2010, 2:08pm

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Oh Dear, [In reply to] Can't Post

I was just thinking of the initial quake, not the aftershocks (I didn't pay enough attention to the timeline on that video). Are you staying sane; and have they let up at all?Unsure


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Sep 10 2010, 2:13pm

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Short film [In reply to] Can't Post

A Facebook friend of mine posted this link to a short film. Scientist flew over the 22km(!!!) long new fault line and filmed it. It is really shocking to see how much the earth moved at some places



Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 10 2010, 4:18pm

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Might another hug help? [In reply to] Can't Post

Get some rest this weekend my dear, boy do you need it xxx



Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 10 2010, 6:26pm

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And you and Pioneer and everyone there [In reply to] Can't Post

are still very much in our thoughts. if you feel up to it, come on over to Fiesta--there's a nice message for you-all from Gramma! Smile


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 11 2010, 11:15pm

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Is it still, still going on? :/ The media seems to have dropped the story here [In reply to] Can't Post

and I'm hoping that the aftershocks have lessened. Any word on your house? Are your pets coping better? I don't think my dog would ever get over it--she runs and hides at distant thunderstorms none of us humans can hear or see until up to an hour later!Unsure

Do keep us posted if you have the time/energy--maybe an update thread when things finally quit rocking around?SmileSmile


Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 12 2010, 8:21am

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Still rockin' [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for your kind words. I guess the reason the media around the world have dropped the story is because there were no deaths.

And yes, the aftershocks continue....

http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html

I'm building a hospital for cockroaches. Tongue


Nick Frost for Bombur


Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 12 2010, 4:14pm

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Media coverage in the UK has pretty much ceased [In reply to] Can't Post

Considering we have several 24 hour news channels, I find that a bit odd.

Really hoping it stops soon x



Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 13 2010, 12:08am

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I certainly won't say "rock on." Are they pretty much the same magnitude, [In reply to] Can't Post

 as it appears from your link, or is there any tapering off? Hope you are eating a bit more now.Smile

I might sing "La Cucaracha" for you . . . (I'm rather dense sometimes--do you mean the tremors and cracks in the buildings are forcing out the awful things? If so, I'm impressed with your altruism. I'd be more likely to build little prisons.Wink)

Good luck, and keep us posted.


Estelwyn
The Shire


Sep 15 2010, 11:20am

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Yep, still in Nelson and all fine :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

I live well away from any damaging effects of the quake, although we did feel it. The rocking/shaking woke us up, but it wasn't enough to get us out of bed.

My sister in ChCh is not so lucky: 80-yr old house has cracks and a damaged chimney that may need to come down; horrible motion sickness from the aftershocks, although that's settling down a lot in last few days; and the historic building where she works as a guide is severely damaged and closed till further notice so work is pretty uncertain. Even from this distance it's been an intense 10 days, providing lots of phone support for her, and living thorough the experience vicariously.

Still, a lot of people are much much worse off than my loved ones, so there is an enormous amount to be grateful for. I can only imagine what it's been like for everyone down there -- very glad to read here that all the ToRNsibs are OK.

Thanks for thinking of me, Riv :-) Lovely to see that folks on here remember me!

 
 

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