I must stop flying to Australia

October 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The last two times I flew to Australia, the first and second Christchurch  occurred. Each time as I landed, I was reading tweets and stories about the devastation.

I was feeling cursed, when I saw the headline at The Press about a quake shaking Christchurch. Luckily only a 4.3, so not that strong. As it was shallow though, I understand it was felt strongly.

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13 Responses to “I must stop flying to Australia”

  1. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Felt a loud thud like someone shutting a car door then a whack in the side of the house and a rapid rolling sensation. Didnt last long but still gives ya the shits.

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  2. Kimbo (859 comments) says:

    Seems as reliable a predictor as anything Ken Ring has suggested

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  3. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    An easier way might be for you to not fly back! Just sayin…

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  4. anakereiti (15 comments) says:

    oh nice liarbours you and I were sharing the pain! Gives you the shits, especially when you actually forget what they feel like! then next minute the memories come flooding back

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  5. Elaycee (4,351 comments) says:

    @DPF: It appears you arrived in Australia on time – I take it that your airline of choice, wasn’t Jetstar? :P

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  6. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Look out Deb Webber!!!

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  7. anakereiti (15 comments) says:

    @DPF did they ask for a medical certificate?

    [DPF: No, but I offered one!]

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  8. GPT1 (2,116 comments) says:

    It was fine. They’re just old fashioned rolling jobs now so not a big issue. Just a nod to past times really.

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  9. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    I must stop sleeping with supermodels, every time I do Christurch has an earthquake. Actually, nah, they’ll just have to suffer ;-)

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  10. BeaB (2,104 comments) says:

    I was horrified to hear the Red Cross has the staggering sum of $50 million left in the fund we all contributed to to help the people of Christchurch.

    Surely it is in these first few years that their need is greatest. Why is the Red Cross sitting on this heap of cash?

    That sort of money would have built hundreds of low cost homes or flats for instance.

    What is going to happen to it now? I hope not some monument or sports facility – or into disasters overseas. If it isn’t distributed soon to those in need because of the earthquakes I want my money back!

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  11. Eli (9 comments) says:

    BeaB – actually the Red Cross has ongoing grants that people can access. They include things like legal fees when considering red zone offers, and winter heating grants. I actually hope they keep some money in the pot so they can extend that to next winter. I’m pretty sure there will still be people in freezing homes who will need it. It’s the mayoral relief fund that has hung onto their money and just isn’t giving any out. I do agree that the money needs to go to people not for ‘things’

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  12. RF (1,366 comments) says:

    Friends in Christchurch got one hell of a fright as it reminded them of the “big ones” they have been through. Feel real sorry for them as its still ongoing.

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  13. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    @David:

    Geez mate… just in case your theory is right on…*definitely* don’t fly to the UK just in case you start something seismic that we don’t have a scale for yet. You might level the place and wipe out my chimney in Wellington too.

    I wonder if it’s possible for a big enough earthquake to level/ damage the whole country? What’s the closest recorded event to that so far? 1855 all of lower North Island?

    ((I was in Chch 4-7 Jan this year. 1:30am on the 7th and about to hit the sack, a big mofo aftershock hit the house. It was awesome!! Looked it up months later… it was in the top 20 around 17-18. Having said that, if that same shake happened here, I’d likely shit myself… as it would be ‘unexpected’.))

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