(OT) the earth moved

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    Me Guest

    We had a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, epicentre close (<25 miles) from my
    home in (Christchurch NZ) at about 4:30 this morning. It was a very
    rude way to start the day. The largest quake I'd felt before - when
    close to the epicentre - was about magnitude 5.9.
    Many aftershocks, even as I type this.
    No reported deaths, and only two reported serious injuries, despite
    close proximity to a city of ~400,000 people.
    This quake was about the same magnitude as Port-Au-Prince.
     
    Me, Sep 4, 2010
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    Ofnuts Guest

    Take pictures :)
     
    Ofnuts, Sep 4, 2010
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    Me Guest


    There's almost nothing to see around where I live, a few masonry garden
    walls damaged, some brick facades of old buildings and old brick
    chimneys down, cracks / distortions in the roads that aren't
    particularly unusual or interesting - except they weren't there yesterday.
    It's a really beautiful "normal" spring morning - it seems very strange.
     
    Me, Sep 4, 2010
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : On 4/09/2010 12:48 p.m., Ofnuts wrote:
    : > On 04/09/2010 02:46, Me wrote:
    : >> We had a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, epicentre close (<25 miles) from my
    : >> home in (Christchurch NZ) at about 4:30 this morning. It was a very rude
    : >> way to start the day. The largest quake I'd felt before - when close to
    : >> the epicentre - was about magnitude 5.9.
    : >> Many aftershocks, even as I type this.
    : >> No reported deaths, and only two reported serious injuries, despite
    : >> close proximity to a city of ~400,000 people.
    : >> This quake was about the same magnitude as Port-Au-Prince.
    : >
    : > Take pictures :)
    :
    :
    : There's almost nothing to see around where I live, a few masonry garden
    : walls damaged, some brick facades of old buildings and old brick
    : chimneys down, cracks / distortions in the roads that aren't
    : particularly unusual or interesting - except they weren't there yesterday.
    : It's a really beautiful "normal" spring morning - it seems very strange.

    It's good to hear that you came through it OK. The U.S. TV netwotks are saying
    that your strict building codes did a good job of limiting the damage. By
    contrast, Port-au-Prince has lax building codes, so virtually every building
    in town was damaged.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Sep 4, 2010
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    Me Guest

    Yes - mainly in the CBD, and mainly old commercial buildings. I guess
    any old buildings converted to residential use would have needed
    expensive earthquake strengthening, in many cases it was cheaper to just
    knock them down and start again.
    There are also some fires now in the CBD being reported on TV.
    Also liquefaction / damage to foundations of many houses in the
    low-lying areas of town (and outskirts), with flooding from
    liquefaction, burst water and sewage mains etc.

    But the level of damage and injury is incredibly low.
    Aftershocks seem to have eased over the past few hours.
    Magnitude 8+ quakes are a distinct possibility here.
     
    Me, Sep 4, 2010
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