7.0 Earthquake in New Zealand

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  1. evangilder

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    Dang...hope everyone's ok down there
     
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    Looks like a lucky escape for all, according to tonight's news, only a couple of people injured, but loads of damage.
     
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    Gidday from New Zealand and thanks for your best wishes. Living 300 km south of Christchurch I was not directly affected, 'cept being woken at 0430 because my bed was rocking...thought it was the girlfriend. 8)
    Seriously, Christchurch and the surrounding districts were extremely lucky with a minimum of casualties. Unfortunately there has been lots of damage to buildings and infra-structure, and a curfew has been placed on the city-centre.

    New Zealand has a relatively small population (just over 4,000,000) so Christchurch and districts, with a population of 500,000, is one of our major cities and is the biggest population centre in the South Island.
     
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    Good to hear from you mate, glad your OK
     
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    Already checked in with Daniel (109Roaming) he lives in Christchurch, he is fine.:D
     
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    Good onya Wayne! Glad to hear you weren't affected Typhoon :)
     
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    Glad to hear everyone is okay. Damage is one thing, but it could have been much worse. I think you guys are quite lucky.

    Keep us posted on any developments.
     
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    Good to hear everyone is okay so far. Be careful in the aftershocks too. Sometimes they can be as bad because they can damage something already weakened.
     
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    Good to know everyone is OK. Saw this on the news in the early hours of this morning. An after shock has been recorded at 5.1, with more expected.
     
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    Good to hear eveyone is OK.
     
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    Glad to hear that everyone made it through in one piece, even if the buildings didn't.
     
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    Glad everyone down under is alright. Keep safe, guys.
     
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    Glad to hear everybody and their beer are ok.
     
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    All fine here as Wayne said , just damage

    I was at work , 30 k's from the center point , How exciting
     
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    Dang, 7.0 will get ya rockin and rollin! Echoing the above sentiments, glad everyone's okay and play it safe for the next little while as they assess the damage....you dont' want to be the guy who finds out that that structure over there <<points in random direction>> is no longer structurally sound due to earthquake damage...
     
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    Thats good news you guys are all safe there.
     
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    The quake was only 3 miles deep. Amazing that the damage was a light as it was for such a large shallow focus quake!
     
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    All the best to you and every one in Canterbury (except those #$%*@ looters.)
     
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    Apart from the Port Hills in Christchurch most of the Canterbury Plains is made up of alluvial terrace gravels and loess deposited by glaciers etc, and transported and deposited by braided river systems. During earthquakes these can act almost like a dampener (as opposed to volcanic rocks, for example, which can exacerbate shockwaves). The biggest problem in Christchurch, and (probably) the prime cause of damage, is liquification. I'm kind of simplifying things and there are probably geologists who would cringe, but I'm pretty sure I have the basics right.
    Bottom line is that all of us New Zealanders are thankful that there was not a major death toll.
     
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