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Thread: Oi vey ... earthquakes!

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    Oi vey ... earthquakes!

    Twenty five of them this morning! The largest (5.9) was big enough to swing pictures on their hooks and gently rattle stuff on shelves. All happening a few kilometres offshore from where we live. We had a similar swarm yesterday too.

    http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/all

    They can stop now as far as I am concerned :-) The crack in the kitchen wall is big enough already!

    Brett in The Shaky Isles.
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    I guess you folks kind of get use to them in your part of the world.
    I must admit it would scare the heck out of me.
    Geoff

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    I have got acclimatised to them, but I don't think I'll ever get used to them. There is something profoundly unnerving about feeling the earth itself become unstable under you feet :-)

    But you're right, earthquakes are a part of who we are. We live in the Shaky isles, better get used to it!

    Brett
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    Twenty five is VERY shaky Brett! Stay safe.

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    And a big one at 6.9. Very scary and it takes a big one to scare me these days. Stuff off tables and shelves. Some small broken things. Power and phone out in some places. Supermarkets closed for a while with stuff off shelves. You know regular earthquake stuff. Should I be saying my prayers to Gaia?!

    Now getting on shake every two minutes according to Geonet.

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    Sorry to hear of yet another quake, I have a friend near Christchurch and they seem to get a lot of them, hope you all stay safe

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    Hope you're all alright! Fingers crossed that this will settle down soon.
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    Thanks guys! Yup, we're fine. We live in a good neighbourhood which is great. Mainly working people, you know .. we tend to be pretty down to earth. Not a huge amount of sleep. A little pinot gris helps :-) We're still getting very regular quakes.

    But we're good: a bit weary, a bit stressed and a bit drunk :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypotaxis View Post
    Thanks guys! Yup, we're fine. We live in a good neighbourhood which is great. Mainly working people, you know .. we tend to be pretty down to earth. Not a huge amount of sleep. A little pinot gris helps :-) We're still getting very regular quakes.

    But we're good: a bit weary, a bit stressed and a bit drunk :-)

    Brett
    How can you tell you're a bit drunk? When one is super saturated it's often accompanied by the experience of the rolling of the earth under one's feet. . . or my rolling on top of it. . . er, or so I've read anyway. . .

    I looked at that link and didn't see a 6.9. Is that confirmed? I dare say you are getting some activity that must be rather disconcerting with so many of them.

    Coming from Los Angeles county I am no stranger to big earthquakes, but only with a few noticeable aftershocks. And those were big attention getters, sheesh.

    Well, for what it's worth, I understand that these little quakes act to release some pressure which is in lieu of a single whopper. But who knows. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys, if not my Bordeaux.

    Keep us posted please and be safe.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post
    ... I looked at that link and didn't see a 6.9. Is that confirmed? ...
    Keep us posted please and be safe.
    It was downgraded to a 6.5. The first estimates (6.9) are all computer generated and then the seismologists have the final say.

    If you go here:

    http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/canterbury/felt

    You'll see the two quakes around 5.15pm on Sunday.

    Yup, we're doing good really. Oh and you can tell when you're a "bit drunk" because that's when there's still wine in the bottle :-)

    Brett

    PS If you would like you can see pictures of Wellington (not where I live) here:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/phot...-by-earthquake
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