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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I've been away for a short break so I'm just catching up with the news.  I'm relieved to hear no -one was killed in the earthquake but sad to hear about the damage to Christchurch's buildings.  Some friends of ours went on a tour of NZ last year and were very impressed with Christchurch.

However, on the Christchurch Cathedral's website it does says that the Cathedral has passed an inspection test and will re-open soon.

I'm sorry to hear that people are suffering shock after effects.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been away for a while but when I heard of the earthquake I did wonder about Caro and Castorboy which was one of the main reasons I had to log in to check everyone was ok.




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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks to everyone for their concern about us in NZ. It is unbelievable that an earthquake should strike in the Canterbury region and Christchurch in particular. I have got used to quakes happening in recent times to remote areas well away from the cities apart from the possibility in Wellington which is on a well known fault line. The geologists have become excited about discovering this active fault so close to CHC and accurately forecast the daily after-shocks we are experiencing including one a few hours ago.
I say ‘we’ because there has been constant hourly coverage of Saturday’s quake and the aftermath in the media with descriptions not just of the damage to buildings but the individual stories of people losing both their homes and businesses. The latest estimate is that 100,000 houses have been damaged to some extent throughout the region. The rural parts seem to have coped better than in the city – maybe because farmers are used to seasonal changes and extreme weather events. It does seem unreal to view two-storey farm dwellings half wrecked in the midst of fields with metre wide cracks in the ground.

In the city the quake is definitely a disaster; not in lives lost, although if it had occurred at 4.30pm instead of 4.30am hundreds would have died, but on account of the mental strain. For instance there is the stress caused by water and wastewater pipes being fractured which in turn has led to a demand for bottled water and portable toilets in some streets. Even this morning it was stated that 60 streets were still without water. The council has performed well under difficult conditions – there is no quick method of identifying breaks in underground pipes. Even when breaks are repaired, as soon as the water is turned on, fresh breaks are found. So add in these daily after-shocks and it is no wonder that many people are suffering from anxiety attacks.

Canterbury University is closed until Sep 13th so the social networking site Facebook has been used by students to organise working parties to clear up silt and rubbish in some of the seaside suburbs on the east coast. As someone said collecting the names of volunteers in the past could have taken days to arrange: the students were in action 24 hours after the quake courtesy of the site.

High praise is due to the agencies responsible for civil defence, the police, the army and the voluntary organisations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army and scores of individual volunteers. Working together they created a calm atmosphere in a potentially anarchic situation in the city centre. It is going to be months before we have restored a city known throughout NZ as the Garden City.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the information, Castor Boy---as I said earlier on this thread, we loved Christchurch when we visited in February, such a beautiful 'garden city' as you say, and so peaceful then. However, we did  meet someone who lived there who told us that there were mild rumblings going on under the city more or less all the time; that it was not uncommon to go into a shop and see items rattling on the shelves! We, however, didn't experience that.
I'm shocked by the lack of coverage in the UK media --just a few paragraphs tucked away  in the paper a few days ago, even though, I understand, it was a quake as big as the one that devastated Haiti.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple wrote:
I've been away for a while we had only been back off holiday for a weeks or so and we had a family bereavement, which has knocked me for 6 a bit.  


Sorry to hear that, Apple. I asked about school-age kids and holidays on another thread before I read this one. Hope you are coping okay.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlaraZ wrote:

I'm shocked by the lack of coverage in the UK media --just a few paragraphs tucked away  in the paper a few days ago, even though, I understand, it was a quake as big as the one that devastated Haiti.


Yes, I only heard about it because I was reading this board.

I'm glad it happened while everyone was in bed. But how did that make it so much less damaging in terms of loss of life? Was the main damage in the commercial sector?


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Green Jay. Although there were more houses damaged than commercial premises, at that time of the day there could have been more householders in the city centre than at home. The centre streets include major shopping areas full of locals and tourists plus buses, taxis and cars which in turn could have led to traffic accidents when the buildings started to collapse. I would think the noise of the 'quake and the sight of damaged buildings could have caused an element of panic which is only natural at the time.
I have just glanced at the headline in the paper 'Please God, let it stop' and that says it all. There were more aftershocks overnight, one of 4.5, to upset people. The schools are still closed - some families are sending their children to stay with friends and relatives away from the city.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It must be awful - one quake is bad enough, but to keep getting aftershocks, some of them quite big, means being continuously scared and uncertain.  Really do hope it settles down soon.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to believe but an hour ago, in the middle of the day, Christchurch was hit by another earthquake centred on Lyttleton which is 10 kms away and as it was near the surface there is massive damage to buildings and I fear the possible loss of life. Because of the shallowness of the 'quake the impact was felt as far south as Dunedin which is not far from where Caro lives. So I hope any of your family and friends haven't been caught up in this disaster, Caro.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After six hours of non-stop coverage this is our 9/11 only it is 2/22. When you see buildings collapsing as you watch it brings home the reality. The tension is almost tangible and we are hundreds of kms away. There has been after-shocks on a daily basis in CHC since September and a minor 'quake on Boxing Day but nobody expected this one. The experts did warn us in Sep. that another big one was likely; you know how it is 'Oh they're scare-mongering'. I am so sorry for the people of CHC because they have been trying to cope since Sept and now this. It has just been announced that 65 are dead so far - how must their families be feeling? Life is so precious and yet it can be taken away in a micro-second. Sorry to be emotional.



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