New Zealand Earthquake (2)

Thank you all those who asked about my safety here after all our earthquakes 58 hours ago.

We are getting back to normal here in Palmerston North, with only peripheral damage. I slept through most of the shaking here, much to the disgust of some family members.

Tired schoolchildren like my two little great nieces are catching up on their sleep.
They were woken up by the house shaking violently then their father rushed into their bedroom and got them down on to the floor between their beds until the shaking had well and truly stopped. It took them a while to get back to sleep. Meanwhile their mother woke baby brother when she took him out of his cot and got them curled up safely on the floor. They took a while to get back to sleep too.
A lot of hot water tanks sloshed over and soaked carpets,  and banking systems have to be sorted out so the banks are closed. Otherwise damage is slight.

It was a series of quakes triggered off by each other in the same band of faults from Taupo down to near Culverden just north of Christchurch. We are seeing pictures of horrendous damage along the coast from Picton down to Christchurch, and it will take years for those poor people caught up in it to recover .

Further information on http://www.herald.co.nz    www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post
http://www.onenewsnow.co. nz

 

 

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New Zealand Earthquake (2)

9 thoughts on “New Zealand Earthquake (2)

    1. Hi Constance, thank you for your kind thoughts to us all, they are much appreciated. In fact Australia has not had earthquakes in recent years as far as I know. New Zealand is a separate country across the Tasman Sea, about three hours flight by plane from Sydney, and we do get earthquakes. Our country straddles the overlap of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, something not known to the European settlers who arrived here in the 19th century. Hence the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Once again thanks for your kind thoughts.

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