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NZ earthquake

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ninathenana Mon 14-Nov-16 07:36:19

I'm fairly sure some GNers have family in NZ I hope they are all safe and remain so.
Thoughts are with those who have been affected.

grannypiper Mon 14-Nov-16 08:03:38

What horrible times for our kiwi cousins

JessM Mon 14-Nov-16 08:42:45

DS2, Wellington, seafront abode "it woke me up but not enough to do anything about a tsunami". I'm assuming the sirens did not go off. (little dear!)
Kairoura on S Island cut off by landslide and huge cracks in highway. Lots of places in NZ only have one road in/out. Including the capital... There is one back lane out of Wellington if you know how to find it but it really is a tiny winding country road.

Jane10 Mon 14-Nov-16 08:51:22

Really hope all well with NZ families. I have happy memories of Wellington as well as in South island. I was struck by all the notices on staff notice boards about what to do in case of earthquake. Very matter of fact like our own fire procedure notices that we take so much for granted.

Lillie Mon 14-Nov-16 08:59:40

My family in Christchurch were taking no chances and went to sleep in the car. Power was down, but their phones were working. We kept in touch throughout the night, (our day), because they didn't want to go to sleep. Another branch of the family live near the coast and considered going inland with the dog. I'm waiting for an update today.

annodomini Mon 14-Nov-16 09:58:50

All well with my sister and her family in Christchurch, though nobody got much sleep after the quake woke them up. The worst damage is to the infrastructure, specially the roads and the railway along the Coast is, by all accounts,wrecked. Hanmer, a lovely spa resort of which I have many happy memories.

BRedhead59 Mon 14-Nov-16 11:02:15

My Aunt lives in Christchurch - she is ok but she's 89 and I think it's all getting too much for her. Her house was damaged in the previous big earthquake and has only just been repaired. They've had hundreds of after- shocks throughout these years and now another big one. Christchurch is dying I fear.

goose1964 Mon 14-Nov-16 11:24:43

A friend of mine lives near Wellington she slept through the quake but was woken by the first aftershock.

gillybob Mon 14-Nov-16 11:33:21

Hope our friend Absent is okay. Not sure which part of NZ she lives in though. sad

Tegan Mon 14-Nov-16 11:44:26

Yes; thoughts are with everyone there and those who have friends/relatives there also.

Jalima Mon 14-Nov-16 12:40:56

I was wondering about absent too.

Marmight Mon 14-Nov-16 12:44:28

Absent is ok. Shaken, unsurprisingly, with lots of aftershocks and I am sure she will soon pop up on GN and reassure everyone. I have young friends in Sumner near
Christchurch. They have indicated that they are ok but very tired.

Jalima Mon 14-Nov-16 12:48:36

We have young friends over there too, hoping they are all OK.

BlueBelle Mon 14-Nov-16 12:51:09

My son and family in Auckland are fine although he is due in Christchurch on Thursday with his job so fingers crossed there's no more My friend in Wellington didn't feel it

BlueBelle Mon 14-Nov-16 12:51:46

...and thanks for thinking of us ninathenana

felice Mon 14-Nov-16 13:04:33

A dear friend is near Wellington, he has been posting on FB in real time and asked people to please stop 'liking' his posts as it really was not appropriate.
He and other friends are fine but you have to wonder at the automatic liking of posts.

Jane10 Mon 14-Nov-16 13:10:04

I suppose 'liking' a Facebook page is just acknowledging it. What else can people do to show they've seen it and feel for them?

Lillie Mon 14-Nov-16 13:12:47

Some people are a bit behind with the workings of facebook felice and automatically just click the "like" button to show they have read the message. facebook recently introduced several faces to convey emotions and there is actually a sad expression to use. It is taking time for people to use them.

sarahellenwhitney Mon 14-Nov-16 13:21:24

It is a relief to know that many people are safe.
When I hear of these earth quakes the uncertainty of not knowing when the next quake will happen would outweigh for me the benefits of living in such a beautiful country. Ok for me to say but then I am not a NZ resident.

When you consider what technology has achieved in the last hundred years eliminating certain diseases, landing a man on the moon, warning of tropical storms, tornados etc to name but a few. But no one has knowledge of or does not appear to have of an impending earthquake. That knowledge would not prevent it but at least lives could be saved knowing it is going to happen.

BlueBelle Mon 14-Nov-16 14:18:06

Felipe there are different 'like' buttons on FB so if you want to you can post a heart or a face with tears which would tell you that someone is appreciating your post and feeling empathy for you or your situation definitely doesn't mean you like the crisis or problem I think that it is totally in order to use either of those buttons in the given situation Indeed my friend posted that she was safe and we all 'liked' it to show we were relieved she was safe I think your friend is not 'getting it'

sillup Mon 14-Nov-16 17:04:34

I was relieved to hear my sister and other family are all fine but very tired. When I heard from her this morning there had been 400+ tremors since the original one. If you're interested google Geonet.NZ which logs them all and makes for fascinating reading. A huge relief that this time the death toll is low. So sad to to see roads that we drove down in February buried under landslides. I experienced a 3.6 when in Christchurch in February and learned that the ground is not solid. A truly bizarre feeling. My heart goes out to all Kiwis, such lovely people. I'm sure their Kiwi spirit will carry them through.

CrazyDaisy Mon 14-Nov-16 17:29:23

Thank you for your kind thoughts for those of us in NZ. Sadly two people have died due to the quakes this time, two too many, but at least it hasn't been like the 2011 ones.

It is a horrible feeling to be in an earthquake. We don't live in Christchurch but here in the Nelson area we were close enough to get a good shaking. DH and I just lay in bed holding hands and wondering how long and serious the shakes were going to be. Luckily not so bad that we had to get up and take shelter. Needless to say, although we did get back to sleep eventually, we didn't sleep well.

Sadly many people have had serious damage to their homes again and will have to go through months of assessment and waiting for repairs which is traumatic in itself. I do know someone whose house will probably have to be demolished after yesterday's quakes and it has only recently been repaired after earthquakes more recent than the 2011 ones.

We have family in Christchurch, who had to evacuate due to tsunami warnings but happily they are safe and well. They also had very little damage to their homes thank goodness. Family in Wellington had ornaments fall off shelves and break but that's all.

In spite of all this, we still want to live here in the "shaky isles". In our case we feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, but then, there's "none so weird as folks".

Tegan Mon 14-Nov-16 17:44:12

It's a beautiful place; I can understand you wanting to stay there. Plus, from what I've heard, a way of life that some of us would like to live.

granjura Mon 14-Nov-16 17:48:08

Good to hear CrazyDaisy. Heard from Greatnan's daughter too and all the family is safe too (near Nelson as well).

absent Mon 14-Nov-16 18:35:36

It was magnitude 7.5 which is pretty big and seemed to last for an incredibly long time compared to previous earthquakes. Apparently, it was actually two quakes kind of crossing over each other, which resulted in both a rolling quake and a shaking quake – a sick-making experience. There were lots of aftershocks all night and all day yesterday and it looks as if they will continue for some months. There is also a possibility of another "biggie" in the coming months.

Two people have been confirmed dead and there have been lots of minor injuries. Quite a few roads and some bridges have been badly damaged. The quake, combined with the effects of the recent very heavy rain, has resulted in a fair few landslips. Everyone in the South Island is pretty shaken up – literally and figuratively.

Schools were closed in the South Island yesterday and my family, including absentdaughter and my ex, spent the day with me. I think we felt the need to be together for reassurance and unity.