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7.4 magnitude quake hits off Christchurch, New Zealand...
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entmaiden
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Sep 4 2010, 2:13am

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Earthquakes are scary, and the middle of the night is a scary time.

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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
Lorien


Sep 4 2010, 2:30am

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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
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Sep 4 2010, 3:09am

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


Nienna
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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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{{{{{{{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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Kimi
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Sep 4 2010, 3:17am

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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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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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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.


Pioneer
Rivendell


Sep 4 2010, 4:14am

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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
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Sep 4 2010, 4:30am

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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!

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

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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.


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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?


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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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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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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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Pioneer
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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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Silverlode
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Sep 4 2010, 7:34am

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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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Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
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Jazmine
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Sep 4 2010, 7:36am

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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
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Sep 4 2010, 9:00am

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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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