September 7, 2010

Overnight aftershocks - ENOUGH

A picture tells a thousand words- our overnight shakes

You would think after experiencing over 100 aftershocks we would be pretty relaxed about it all now...
Like hell we are!

Yes - life is full of the rumbling, the sideways swaying of the smaller shocks, the sight of the street lamps and traffic lights swaying as you wait for a green light, the reaction to loud noises when you think it is another one. The unpleasant feeling of sitting in the car on the weigh plate at the local dump yesterday - recognising that "ground is moving" feeling - and not liking it.

Conversations usually revolve around - "did you feel the last one?"... As we went to bed last night, after sleeping well the previous two nights, the violent movement of the bed was more than enough to get us up again, filled with adrenaline. It was far too like the dawn one for comfort, and like trained animals, we headed back to a warm room, checked the geonet quake drums and camped out together for a few hours. Thankfully we had a lot of other people online... all talking about the same topic.
Our own conversation was pretty predictable.
"That must have been a 5 at least!
yes - 5.2 for about 20 seconds
wow look at the red bit
OMG another one - it's ok Saffy.... I'm sure that was stronger...
yes but it didn't last as long
yup it was a 5.4" ............................

Even when we went to bed later, we were woken by another big one. I tell you, the nerves are frayed, and I am living in an undamaged house, with full power and water ... can only imagine how many are feeling.

LATEST: Cantabrians were kept awake overnight by a series of strong aftershocks and Civil Defence warns that the area could be hit by even bigger quakes.
Two magnitude 5.4 tremors were the strongest of the overnight quakes, and the latest in a series of more than 100 aftershocks since Saturday morning's destructive 7.1 earthquake.

Interesting that in this article they suggest three reasons the quake toll was kept down:
GNS Science duty seismologist John Ristau said the warning from a 5.4 magnitude foreshock on Saturday morning may have given sleeping Cantabrians a few seconds notice of the main quake and allowed them to take cover.
"It's possible it was the initial smaller earthquake that caused the first jolt that woke many people up."

So no wonder the 5.4 last night felt the same!

Apparently this first quake is the strongest ground shake recorded in New Zealand - How is this for cheerful news:

Saturday's quake on the Canterbury Plains was a low-probability event, Dr Berryman said.
Seismologists believe the major earthquake risk to Christchurch still comes from known faults in North Canterbury, in the Canterbury foothills, and from the Alpine Fault up the spine of the South Island.
 It is good to see the students rallying to help people during their extra week off... and the army are out in force helping too.
Army troops assist police in central Christchurch.
The Army are here....
Meanwhile, our North Island is now coping with torrential rain and scenes that may result in severe flooding again...

Maurice Cripps and Stewart Neal
Marton - Lamb rescue
Our thoughts are with them too....

Its been raining here too - and the rivers are very high - but the land is still right now and I am enjoying a three minute boiled coffee... we have power.. and water... and a flushing toilet
Life is ok
Tomorrow we are allowed back into work to clean up - normal classes resume on Thursday.

1 comment:

  1. I go back tomorrow as well. It feels all so strange. Probably because it is. The shakes are scary especially after hearing on the radio that we are stil at risk getting a big one.
    These poor lambs. Friends of mine have a family of Kaiapoi in their home. They lost their house. That must be traumatic Take care


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