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blackberrycottage



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Location: Barnsley Yorkshire

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: N Z Earthquake  Reply with quote

Caro and Castorboy, hope everything is ok down there. Caro seems closer to it.


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Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: N Z Earthquake Reply with quote

blackberrycottage wrote:
Caro and Castorboy, hope everything is ok down there. Caro seems closer to it.

Yes I'm in the north of the North Island and Caro is in the south of the South Island approximately 270 kms (170 miles) as the crow flies from the epi-centre of the 'quake off Dusky Sound.
Tuatapere, pop 700 and Te Anau, pop 2000 are the closest land settlements and felt the greatest shocks. It is a very rugged part of the island with beautiful mountains, lakes and fiords. We toured round the scenic spots six years ago and wouldn't mind moving there but the winters are extremely cold. Thanks for your interest.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We felt this earthquake for ages and I have to say I was quite frightened.  For a while we just sat there and made verious comments, but then I went under the door as you are supposed to do.  Apparently there were no injuries and very little damage, even though it was very large.  The epicentre was in a very isolated area and the soil structure is firmer than some where the results have been much worse.  

I heard someone just moments ago talking about the fact that this shake didn't have a jolt, just a lengthy rumbling, rolling motion.  

I didn't expect it to make international news.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Evie
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Joined: 24 Oct 2008
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was reported that there was the threat of a tsunami, heading towards Australia, though thankfully that did not turn out to be as significant as expected.

I'm glad you are OK, Caro, and that it doesn't seem to have caused much injury or damage.  Thank goodness it was in a remote area - still scary, though, especially when it rumbles on like that.

The other news from NZ is that lots of British expats are complaining that the NZers don't know how to make a good sausage!  I had no idea.


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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Evie (and Blackberry).  I haven't heard about us not making a good sausage.  In the past our sausages were pretty ordinary but we now have varieties of German-type sausages which are quite nice.

Good to see you back - you have been missed.  A few people have arrived back recently which is very welcome.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS I wouldn't call the winters 'extremely' cold, Castor Boy.  A little nippy perhaps but we are surviving.  Don't take too much notice of snow forecasts - it never actually seems to arrive.  Temperatures at the moment reach a high of about 8 or 9 degrees C.  It's colder in Central Otago and I suppose Te Anau is getting close to that.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Jen M



Joined: 24 Nov 2008
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Location: Middlesex, UK

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I thought of you both when I read about the earthquake and am glad to hear you are both OK, if a little shaken (no pun intended).  It was fortunate that it was in a remote area.

My boss was talking about booking a holiday to NZ; I don't know what area she is intending to visit and don't suppose this will change things for her.

And welcome back, Evie; as Caro says, you have been missed.



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chris-l



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad everyone has come through this one unscathed. One of the most disturbing aspects of this has been the total lack of any information on the UK news channels. I only became aware of the event because of postings on this forum and even then had to search around the internet for further information. I have experienced a few tremors in my time, although nothing of this magnitude, and know how frightening they can be.


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Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even now a day and a half later there are still after shocks affecting parts of NZ. A well known forecaster says that Wednesday co-incided with the first phase of the moon for this month and that as next Wed. will see a full moon, he is forecasting a further quake - possibly not as severe as the 15th.


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Melony



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to know you all are ok - I have been thinking about you!
Melony



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