Thinking of all the people tonight further north in Blenheim and Wellington who have had two large earthquakes tonight and many aftershocks. Travel on trains has been stopped, and the airport is closed in Wellington. We certainly know how they are feeling.
There is a good explanation on the trusty Geonet blog - a great site running a swervice that saw us through many earthquakes.A severe magnitude 6.5 earthquake has hit central New Zealand this evening, damaging buildings, cutting power, trapping people in lifts and injuring at least two people.GeoNet said it was centred in the Cook Strait, 20 kilometres east of Seddon at a depth of 17 kilometres. It struck at 5.09pm.
I guess we can be grateful it happened on a Sunday when most people were not in high rise offices or travelling. Christchurch people know that feeling too - the aftershock five months later was smaller in magnitude but it was when all the people died.
Jaz has just shared a good blog with information of what is helpful to have ready!
and we are all thrilled that Jaz is back blogging too - welcome back!
start here: http://treacytravels.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/hi-there-so-nice-to-be-back.html
While Jaz and I were out tonight we were thinking about our own supplies of water, gas etc and as soon as I got home, Alex announced we had used the gas up in the kitchen. Still got a spare cylinder but will top it up tomorrow... got the generator ( but is there fuel?) , and there is water ( is it green?) .
Anyway, have had a lovely week off getting some emergency roof repairs done and trying to unpack some more stuff, hang curtains, garden.... as well as plenty of time to hang out with some friends and all the family. Before Liam left we went out a Vietnamese banquet - yum!
|James and Jess|
and the next night I went to a Chinese Banquet... Phoebe even ate the squid.
|Is this all I get - rice and fizzy?|
The Christchurch Botanical Gardens are celebrating 150 years with a light show in the evenings. It was a great experience to go to it tonight. From the fire displays on the kids were mesmerised and a good crowd were there. It runs again next week so take yours along 5.30 - 7 at the Armagh St entrance.
|Caitlin and Molly|
|Kaleidoscope of colours|
|May the Force be with you....|
|Phoebe's devil eyes!|
And finally, Liam now has his helicopter pilot's licence and is working on his commercial licence next.
He sent through some pictures...
|Landing at 2,800 ft|
|Possible landing sites|
Just so pleased he is doing so well and enjoying it so much :) A proud Mum.
Sleep well folks