January 2, 2012

Setting the trend for 2012

Instead of the usual decay pattern after the two large Friday 23rd earthquakes, we seem to be experiencing a ramp up of activity again.  This is from the Geonet drums overnight.  I think we are all feeling pretty drained and tired today - being dragged from sleep late at night and again at dawn to decent shakes is not easy.  Although not as big, the dawn one reminded me of the Sept 7.1 all over again - very long, rolly, door banging, sirens going off in the still morning air.  Some reports are saying it was two that ran together which would explain the length. We couldn't ignore it the way we had the 1.30 am one, so we got up and dressed... you know - be prepared and all that! 

Taken from Canterbury Quake Live today

Since the 5.48 at 5.45 am, there have been 22 more, all centred in this spot, off shore, directly east from our house.  We are in Burwood.  The power went off right at the start, so I decided returning to bed, with Poppy, fully dressed, was the best way to cope. After checking Twitter and Facebook and the news (3G I love you), I slept through most of the 22 and the power has returned.


I think we had vague plans today - but as some of them involved cleaning up the garage we might just restrict that to picking up fallen items.  It is cool, windy and not so nice out there - so after spending a lovely evening with my parents last night, we might just stay close to home today.  Pack the tsunami kit and restock the batteries kind of day.

Really love being on holiday and feeling alright with some idleness. Just over two weeks post op now too so great to be walking around without a crutch!

Hope you all had a great, shake free start to your New Year!


  1. Very scary times! Hope all goes well with you and everyone... and I hope you get some good rest soon. Be sure to take time for you and your loved ones to get some rest ( I was always so tired) and to have some good times together. We went through the Santa Cruz 1989 quake (lost our house) and I treasure the times we spent together enjoying the simple things... and sleep... sleep was great. Love and hugs. :)

  2. I woke to read the quake reports and thought of you. It's good to know that you have no damage to the property but I hope that the mental affect doesn't get too bad. Not the most auspicious of starts to 2012 - we had all hoped for better.

  3. I haven't visited in a while...Whew! A Rockin' New Years entrance!

    Cats think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's...May all your days in 2012 be filled with purrs and not hisses...Happy New Year to you!

  4. Hi dear It just goes on and on. I wish for better to come Happy New year to you

  5. Every time this comes on the BBC news we think of you.

  6. Thank you for all the lovely comments - we are coping ok - just can't help feeling disappointed at the intensity of the latest swarm, particularly so soon into the new year.

    On the plus side, the house is coping brilliantly, and we are all fine. The support of all the people for each other is wonderful and we have no intention of leaving while there is life to live - work to do, people to hang out with. My parents expressed sadness today that this is all they will know for the rest of their lives. That does make me feel sad..... but it helps they are over on the west side of the city - shaken, but relatively unscathed compared to the eastern suburbs. There is no easy answer really.

  7. I can not even begin to imagine what it must be like to live with these constant shakes. The very few (minor!) earthquakes I have experienced in my life were scary enough!
    My respect and admiration to all of you who are keeping up normalcy as much as possible and still find things to be happy about and to enjoy.


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