Monday, September 13, 2010

Shocking Times



The top Geonet graph is a record of the aftershocks in the past 24 hours; the one below it is the picture early last week, 3 days after the massive shallow earthquake near Christchurch. I guess the tremors are reducing in magnitude over all, and are perhaps less frequent; but what a barrage!

Couldn't blame the poor locals for still feeling under siege in this extraordinary natural disaster which has done such terrible damage to NZ's second largest city.

And yet because of the timing of the quake just after the Friday night-life dissipated, and before the Saturday morning early birds were out and about, and because of NZ's strict building codes, there was no earthquake injury death at all... a miracle...

The only earth tremor I have felt was the original shock which was huge and terrifying even at a great distance. In Dunedin just after 4.35 am we felt an enormous but gentle swaying and rolling that seemed to go on for over a minute and woke most people. Some cupboard doors opened and closed and lights swayed dramatically and a few things that were poorly placed fell down to the floor. The Dunedin town clock and the University Registry Clock both stopped.

My heart goes out to those who have suffered damage and who are still faced with the anxiety with each aftershock of wondering how big THIS one is going to be...