September 10, 2017

Spring in the Christchurch Red Zone

Poppy and I walked along the river and through the "red zone" today.  This is the suburban area along the Avon River that has been cleared of housing due to land damage post quakes of 2010/11.
It was a lovely taste of spring before the bad weather hit this afternoon, which was expected as the three Alpine passes around us have been closed due to snow this weekend.

Walking in the red zone is bittersweet; so many lost houses, homes, lives, and plans. We enjoy the extensive park left behind,  but it still has a graveyard feeling, a lingering feeling of loss for those who have lost the right to call this beautiful place home... but the remaining plants and trees are still enjoyed by many people

South to the Port Hills

North towards my house





Note the cat feeding station under the trees for the "Red Zone Cats" - the abandoned, wild, lost pets. 



Loving the green on the trees


It has been a long winter - my father has not been well and I had some months off work.  Poppy has been a wonderful companion - often snuggled on Dad's knees.


and I have a new love... Maddie.  She is polydactyl so she has fat feet with thumbs... and has been a lively addition to the house.





Sorry I have been gone so long - I still read lots of your blogs and will try to pop back here more often! 

:)



November 19, 2016

A difficult week

For those of you overseas or not on my facebook page, this thoughtful video will update you on what has been happening. It is sad to see but honest



Christchurch has certainly had a few long, slow wobbles since the large quake - but further north they have had three thousand...and floods. Many tourists have been evacuated this week.

The quake was upgraded to a 7.8 and has triggered off six fault lines.

http://thespinoff.co.nz/science/16-11-2016/this-stunning-map-shows-that-six-faults-at-least-six-ruptured-in-the-kaikoura-quake/


We know what the people are going through... physical fear, the chemical toilets in Kaikoura, fear of what the future will be like....and the concerns for many about re-entering the high rise buildings in Wellington.


Ann was trapped in one of the buses during the february quake here:



On a bus in Colombo Street five years ago, I experienced first-hand the hazards of sacrificing safety in the cause of an urgent return to normal service in the city, writes Ann BrowerOn February 22 2011, everyone around me died when a red-stickered building collapsed on to a bus I was riding. I was crushed to within millimetres of my life, was dug out by strangers, spent months in hospital, and took the best part of the year off work. It cost over half a million dollars to save my left leg. For three years, I lived, worked and slept in a fog. Even now, I feel the earthquake in every step.
I hope Wellington learns from our mistakes...


Meanwhile, life is continuing fr me - exams/ marking/practical assessments/long days.
Bear with us all if we seem a little impatient or short tempered.... the broken sleep and memories and the worries are more straws on our backs, even though we are not currently in the direct earthquake zone.

I went to check our 20 litre water container and can't find it.... and I have no idea who has taken it - so back to the shops for water this week.   Food, gas, petrol - tick.  Middle of the night tsunami warnings remind you that it pays to check torches and batteries - and I have carried a transistor radio this week for the first time in a few years.  

Today the sun is shining and I can walk Poppy between assignment marking, and head out for dinner later.

For live EQ updates on Twitter. https://twitter.com/hashtag/eqnz

If you would also like to help the people affected by the earthquakes, I found the Red Cross donation to be the best method. In New Zealand they have a paid text option or you can use their website.

November Earthquake Appeal - Red Cross

Red Cross Pictures Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandRedCross/

Spokeswoman Gemma Snowdon said the best way to help was to give money so the Red Cross could use it to provide aid to people who have no power, no clean water, no homes, no food, or are simply stranded because of impassable roads.
"That's the best way to help out at the moment because we are still assessing what needs to be done and what people need. One hundred per cent of the funds goes straight to people affected by the earthquake."
Snowdon said the most urgent issue was clean water and Red the Cross will offer water bladders and tap stands for distribution.
Earthquake relief donations wanted
• Red Cross - Donate money here or text REDCROSS to 3181 make an instant $3 donation
• Givealittle - 2016 November earthquake appeal
• Givealittle - search Westpac Rescue Helicopter earthquake appeal
• Givealittle - search Kaikoura earthquake relief fund
• Givealittle - search Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington
• Salvation Army - donations of non-perishable items to Blenheim office at 35 George St on weekdays between 9am and 2pm

Thank you
fi 

November 14, 2016

Shaky end to my birthday weekend...

We are ok - just saddened to be going through another major earthquake swarm here in New Zealand.

Just after midnight a 7.5 earthquake hit near Hanmer Springs/Culverden and then followed by a run of  aftershocks, extending a long way up and down both islands. Latest reports today say it was actually two quakes that hit simultaneously....the 7.5 is four times as powerful as the 7.1 that hit Darfield, Christchurch in 2010. That fault rupture was 30km long and last nights probably four times as long.

So a sleepless night with eastern tsunami alerts and many people evacuated from coastal areas. I managed some sleep from about 4 pm but it is no surprise that most people are not functioning very well today. There is a lot of damage around the island - roads and slips - and two people have died.

After 17,000 recorded quakes it really is no surprise to be having them - and we do have a plate / fault line running up and down both islands...sliding past and crashing into each other. Last night the quake was potentially on the plate boundary and it caused a slip one and an up/down thrust one.  Kaikoura was up down motion, and Seddon was clearly a side to side motion. The size and length of was an unwelcome return and the swarm that followed it brings back a lot of fears and memories we can all do without. There have been a few hundred aftershocks - one a 6.4 that sent us out of our 4th floor office today and a decision to work at home!



http://www.canterburyquakelive.co.nz/

Many of the quakes were recorded as Severe on http://www.geonet.org.nz/

and the Drums were busy.

It has made the top 100 quake list...



This man's house was sitting on top of one of the fault lines - which has always been one of my personal nightmares about earthquakes. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/he-took-off-across-paddock-in-his-undies-farmer-house-faultline-reacts-staffer-bolted-moved-6m

The tsunami sirens were going for a long time....we could faintly hear them on the beach.  I spent a bit of time checking the maps and wondering whether to get the kids up and head inland as we are on the borders of safety - but they put the evacuation centre closer than us so finally decided it was safe to sleep.  If you have facebook - here is a video of the sirens and the night scene: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn

There are major slips on State Highway one south of Kaikoura - blocking off the road and the railways. Taken from Rebuild Christchurch facebook page: - https://www.facebook.com/rebuildchristchurch/photos/pcb.1423992670959138/1423992290959176/?type=3&theater


 The Clarence River near Kaikoura is now blocked by a landslide...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86436608/warning-as-large-clarence-river-dammed-by-landslide

The sky lit up at the time of the earthquake - This is a natural phenomenon, according to National Geographic. 
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-wellingtons-sky-turns-blue-midnight-quakes-collide-produce-rare-tectonic-plate-phenomenon

Here is a page with latest news updates...
 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11747689

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86416304/live-north-canterbury-quake
By 2.10pm, 382 aftershocks had struck the region. Of those, 216 were more than magnitude 4​.

There is a live quake map here- you can play the last week - look for Monday 14th Nov and play that....scary!
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week





Still life goes on. I have had a really fabulous three day weekend and it has been over just minutes when the quake struck.  But it has been wonderful to have some great times with friends and family and my house is filled with wine and chocolates and flowers and things that smell purrrrfect.

Kia Kaha New Zealand- when you're not shaking, you are still a wonderful place to live :)

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