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


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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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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
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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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