Thoughts are with Christchurch

December 23rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm by David Farrar

Almost unbelievable that Christchurch has had four more significant quakes today – luckily no serious injuries, but the psychological impact must be wearying.

They were:

  • 1.58 pm – magnitude 5.8 quake, 8km deep and centred 20km north east of Lyttelton
  • 2.06 pm – magnitude 5.3 quake, 10km deep and centred 20km east of Christchurch
  • 3.18 pm – magnitude 6.0 quake, 6km deep and centred 10km north of Lyttelton
  • 4.50 pm – magnitude 5.0 quake, 10km deep and centred 20km north east of Lyttelton

There’s also been nine sub 5.0 quakes today also.

Let’s just hope this is the worse of it.

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27 Responses to “Thoughts are with Christchurch”

  1. Pongo (371 comments) says:

    Finally I have nothing left that is breakable. Aside of course from the will to carry on. Final straw was shelf falling over in the garage and nailing the drivers side of the Beemer.

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  2. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    We, myself and my husband; feel deeply for Christchurch and all Kiwis affected badly this Christmas, most especially by these earthquakes.

    I have nothing worthy to offer for words of condolence, so instead … I offer one of the most raw Christmas carols ever written, it’s not exactly happy, but it is also one of the most hopeful.

    Merry Xmas Christchurch, and NZ.

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  3. whoisthisguy02 (29 comments) says:

    Very saddening to hear. I feel lucky just to be safe in my own house.

    Hopefully Christmas can bring some amount of joy, even just for a day.

    http://wallet-and-watch.blogspot.com/

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  4. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    I feel deeply for those in Chrischurch, but we should now move to consider very carefully where any replacement buildings are built, as I suspect that much, if not all of the present location is unsuitable

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  5. Steve (4,538 comments) says:

    It is wearying, I have relatives there. They go into panic mode quite quick now after previous quakes. But the whole world did not stop spinning.
    Just get on with it and stop listening to the shit on TVNZ

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  6. Crusader (298 comments) says:

    Thanks for kind thoughts. Things are relatively problem-free for most people in most of the city, even as the shakes continue. Christchurch is not a big disaster zone, whatever the TV says. Some of the more anxious types will be stressed out, but most people will stay and work through any problems. Some will leave the city I guess, but for most of us Christchurch remains a fabulous place.
    Our main problems are the delays in assessments (just pay the assessors whatever it takes, and get the job done already!!) and the insurance issues, which are all contributing to the delays in rebuilding and getting going again and the massive frustration.
    It is true that there are a few areas in Eastern Christchurch which have unstable land and should not be rebuilt on.
    But for most of the city, the land is fine and the city will come back. A few big quakes have taken out the old crumbly buildings, and whatever is rebuilt will be of very high standard. In 10 years Christchurch will be not only a very attractive city, but the safest city in NZ.

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  7. big bruv (13,656 comments) says:

    Very sad indeed.

    However, as I said in another thread, is it not now time to take the really hard decisions re Christchurch?

    We can spend $20 billion relocating the residents and the businesses rather than pouring it into a place that still has the forces of nature intent on destroying it.

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  8. wreck1080 (3,852 comments) says:

    Great news for the CEO though, bound to score an extra 50k for this latest quake.

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  9. Henry64 (83 comments) says:

    After all of the paid time off due to earthquakes and snow this year our Head Office could not justify a half day off for the Christchurch office. So we decided to make the most of it and had a nice morning tea with cheese, crackers and port plus a very pleasent communal lunch – people had to bring a plate of something.

    Nek Minnit, we ended up finishing early anyway!!! :-)

    It’s worse in the eastern and the hill suburbs which is all the media show – got to sell plenty of papers and get lots of hits on the websites don’t you know.

    It is a set back but in the meantime we keep calm and carry on down here, or as one staff member put it – shut up and deal with it.

    Life goes on and there’s plenty to look forward to in the future. I work for an engineering consultancy and we are busy busy busy and have hired 26 new staff so far in 2011, many of whom have emigrated for overseas.

    Kia kaha Christchurch!!

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  10. Than (446 comments) says:

    I can only speak for myself (resident in Sydenham) but these quakes were much more a mental shake than physical. A few items fell off shelves but nothing broke, both power and water were uninterrupted.

    To be honest I think the biggest damage these latest quakes will do to Christchurch is to its image. It gives the impression that earthquakes are an ongoing, perpetual problem the city will have from now on. And whether this is true or not, that perception drives up insurance premiums, drives away people and businesses. That perception does much more damage than minor shakes ever did.

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  11. MT_Tinman (3,092 comments) says:

    A minor wee wobble when you put it into perspective.

    Nothing more than what several other parts of the country, indeed the world, experience regularly.

    The damage was limited to areas already marked as non-recoverable and the odd stone rolled down some hills in areas already known to be in danger.

    Christchurch will survive and thrive.

    Come on down and watch NZ’s newest city grow.

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  12. Paul Rain (47 comments) says:

    big bruv: Nah, just move every government building there. At worst, Parliament will be saved from the next Wellington earthquake.

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  13. Shunda barunda (2,977 comments) says:

    Wow, this is really interesting from a geological perspective, the whole sequence of earthquakes is definitely heading east (and hopefully eventually away from the city) , but to have such a rapid fire series of large earthquakes in such a short period of time is quite interesting.

    You gotta feel for the poor folks in the eastern suburbs though.

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  14. gump (1,604 comments) says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing Ken Ring explain why he couldn’t predict four significant earthquakes….

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  15. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    Shunda ..
    yep, my husband calls it “unzipping” … he’s not entirely sure that unzipping is actually the case with the ChCh faults, but he’s interested that it may be.

    Last time he got “interested” in seismological/geological ground movement, the NSF sent him to Japan to check out the EQ/Tsunami damage.

    We’re Kiwis and we’d love to be able to help, but we cannot as we’re expat. We just want you all to know that even if not “on the ground” there are people out there doing “analyses” and making changes to the IBC that will probably help NZ in the future.

    Good Luck Kiddo

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  16. mavxp (496 comments) says:

    What Crusader said. Bang on.

    An earthquake relieves some stress, and transfers some along to other areas of the rock nearby. We have got to expect there may be more of these little ‘unzippings’ as Pharmachick & Shunda note, over the next few years as more of that stress is dissipated and moved along. Nobody would blink with earthquakes of this size except they are right beneath a city which is very very bad luck.

    But yes, on the positive side both the release of stress beneath us, and the removal of old collapsible buildings and replacement with new ones that clearly perform much much better, has “de-risked” our city for future earthquakes to borrow a phrase from Mr. Brownlie (wrong term I know, the ‘vulnerability’ is reduced even if the risk is not much affected). It also is very good motivation to improve how we plan city development and engineer buildings to not only survive earthquakes but perform so well we keep going regardless – as if it were simply a strong gust of wind. NZ tends to be a ‘she’ll be right’ place in many ways, this experience has hopefully sharpened our collective focus on getting things right here on in.

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  17. Crusader (298 comments) says:

    Big Bruv,
    By the same logic, we need to start making really tough decisions about Wellington before it gets destroyed in the inevitable big one that is coming (and by god I hope for EQC and the NZ taxpayer it’s at least 20 years, but who knows?)
    Why not relocate the capital BEFORE it is flattened? It’ll be a hell of a lot easier.

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  18. kiwi in america (2,494 comments) says:

    I’m in Chch for Christmas. The atmosphere up until today had been one of cautious optimism. Businesses driven from red zone and other damaged areas succesfully re-establishing themselves, the tales of courage and hope of those paying mortgages and rent because of munted houses and the upbeat atmosphere of Christmas. Having visited previously during 4 Sep but not Feb 22 the fright one gets being inside when the earth shakes violently is not easily forgiven.

    As it has been since the first quake, the west of Chch copes well with far less affect while the east is yet again damaged and hurting. A few days ago I spent several hours in Sumner, Redcliffs, Lyttelton and eastern suburbs – whilst the cordoned CBD can be likened unto the set of “I Am Legend” the east looks like Grozny or Bagdad after the wars! I feel most for those in the east in a green zoned home surrounded by red zones – they cannot leave but must dig themselves out of silt for the FOURTH time. Me and some mates are off to the east with shovels and wheelbarrows to dig friends out tomorrow.

    Worst of all – the re-insurers, poised to re-enter the market because it was pretty much 6 months since the June aftershocks, will reset their odometers to zero..again and so the substantive tasks of reconstruction will be set back yet another 6 months. People here are so over this – this will tip a few more to leave whilst the rest will hunker down for a nervous Christmas and an even more elongated recovery.

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  19. noskire (837 comments) says:

    Well, it’s seems apparent that Christchurch & Canterbury is indeed in the midst of an “earthquake storm”. It’s getting bloody tiring, but I’m one of the lucky ones in the western side – not sure how I would cope being in the east.

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  20. DJP6-25 (1,340 comments) says:

    My best wishes to the people of Christchurch. In used to live there.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  21. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Felicitations and best wishes and sympthies to the people there – the feeling when these quakes must be nauseating, and the kids must be hurting in unseens ways – sure we all got our prolems, but perspective is all. Let’s hope the New Year brings you all some cheer.

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  22. Pete George (23,416 comments) says:

    Hard to express thoughts on Christchurch, anyway they’ve got much more to cope with than a few distant words can help.

    We only feel the tail end of the worst of them, and even from here it’s <a href="Hard to express thougths on Christchurch, they've got much more to cope with than a few distant words can help.

    We only feel the tail end of the worst of them, and even from here it's soul shaking.

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  23. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Pete

    Its the end of the year, take your nuts in your hand and express a thought, go on, please, just once,anything, even an opinion, some will agree ,some will disagree, give it a go, its liberating.

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  24. Murray (8,843 comments) says:

    The 5.1 a bit over an hour ago had some legs. Didn’t wake up anyone else though. Only reason it stired me was the two big rough tough hunting dogs that felt the need to climb into my lap to see if I was ok. Pussies.

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  25. Viking2 (11,334 comments) says:

    Good explanation of things that go bump in the day.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10775150

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  26. Pete George (23,416 comments) says:

    Paul, I get criticised for not expressing opinions, and also for expressing opinions people don’t like – I must have got up someone’s nose yesterday, I got a text in the middle of the night that said:
    “Pete george ya cunt. YA CUNT!!!”. Anonymous of course, looks like an Aussie number.

    I doubt that was due to me not expressing a thought.

    I expressed my feelings about the earthquakes this morning, that’s all I wanted to say. I feel for them in Christchurch. Maybe you didn’t link to where I said:

    It feels far more than ‘Bugger’. More like bloody fucking hell! What I’d like most for Christmas is for the earth to calm down in Christchurch.

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  27. KevinH (1,191 comments) says:

    It is encouraging to note the optimism expressed by those hardy souls coping with the quakes in Christchurch. By now I’m sure the shock of the quakes is not as devastating as earlier, however the recent suddeness of the latest swarm can be unsettling. Lets all hope that Canterbury can get through this Christmas without to much stress and damage and that the quakes subside.
    Best wishes to all of Canterbury, our thoughts and prayers are with you this festive season.

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