Early reports of a few deaths too. So Sad :(
Early reports of a few deaths too. So Sad :(
only just found out about this when I got home
friend of mine was there only came home from NZ yesterday
This one had a shallow epicentre, so even though the epicentre had a lower magnitude of the September quake, its closer to Christchurch and the damage it caused is worse due to it being only 5 km from the surface.
All flights to there has been cancelled.
Domestic flights to resume after 24 hours.
Our thoughts to Coffeesnobs and everyone else there.
Gary at G
For those who know Carl and Lui, as far as I have heard they and their families are ok but both their homes are badly damaged if not written off and Luis Cafe is badly damaged also. Tough times for our ChCh mates. Fortunately our family down their are all good.
This is Carls house after the first quake, the next made it worse.
Do yourself a favour bloke, pack-up and move the family to Oz. We have fire and flood but at least the ground is pretty solid (ignore that if you go to Newcastle).
There is always room for another Barista and roaster (even if you do talk funny)
I dont think anyone can imagine an earthquake until they live through one, its scary just looking at the damage. I live near Newcastle and probably one day in Newcastle, its not something I look forward to when it happens again.
I hope they at least have insurance that allows them to claim and get their lives back on track.
So little one can say, and as shapeshifter stated, until you live through one you just dont realize what it is like. The very earth itself, the one thing you always depended upon, groans and moans and moves right beneath your feet with a sound that seems to surround you as if you are about to be swallowed.
I was wakened by the 71 "Sylmar Quake" in the San Fernando Valley. It took me two hours of cleanup to get my car out of the garage from fallen stuff. The house shook enough that water splashed out of the toilet. No structural damage at all though to our home.
One thing not mentioned is that the magnitude of a quake is given at its epicenter. The geological makeup of any given area can determine the damage there. For example, an area about ten miles from our home, and that distance further from the epicenter, received more damage because it is an ancient lake bottom. The shaking can "liquify" the soil beneath momentarily.
I was examining the photos and videos from NZ with the eyes of a firefighter, and I am surprised that I did not see any rebar (do you folks call it that? The steel rods inside the concrete) in any of the collapsed buildings. I understand that the old, un-reinforced brick buildings were from a time before such building codes, but even newer structures have pancaked like those in the Mexico City quake and more recent quakes in China. Being that NZ has a pretty good history of quakes I would have thought that the building codes would have been stricter, at least in the newer commercial buildings.
My deepest sympathy to all in the ChCh area.
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My best wishes to all our Kiwi friends who have been affected by another tragedy. I hope that anyone still missing is found well and alive and Christchurch has speedy recovery.
We are all horrified by the destruction in Christchurch. With a name like that, god should have been on their side.
On the sports field we are great rivals however at a time like this we are with you all the way NZ.
Id heard about it during the day but didnt see any footage until the 6 oclock news just before I headed off to training.
I too was horrified.
I have students with family in NZ (they skipped training last night) and our karate organisation has several schools over there, luckily nowhere near Christchurch, but I worry about family of instructors and students.
Hopefully everything will be on the mend from here on.
The last quake in September was a significantly different experience than this one.
The September quake woke us up and cut power, but, there wasnt the human factor with the timing of the quake (4amish) so the city centre was all but deserted.
This time round, not so lucky, 1pm, and quake centred very close to the city centre. Human and property toll will be significant.
After the first quake, I wasnt particularly phased, even the after shocks just rolled through and now were barely interrupting the conversation.
When the quake hit yesterday, it was the first time in months that I stopped what I was doing to check all was ok.
We operate a Civic Video in Hornby, 12kms or so from the city centre, shop was shaken a bit but largely unaffected, some movies on the ground but in the scheme of things, meaningless. Closed under mall instructions yesterday, open today.
Most disconcerting thing was not knowing where one of the kids was, he was off at a swimming competition not at school (or so we thought), found out he was at school and both kids collected unhurt.
For us personally, the impact is not direct but the feeling is bizarre
Fortunately all my family who were in Christchurch at the time of the quake are all safe. My niece was in the old railway station at the time (now converted to cinemas and coffee shops etc) and she said it was very scary.
She and her young family are now back in Kaikoura with the rest of the family where it is a bit safer. I havent had any updates but I dont think she will be going back for awhile.