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Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on November 13, 2016, 11:01 AM:
Praying for the people of New Zealand this morning as they endure the aftermath of horrible earthquakes and tsunamis. First thought: NOT AGAIN. (But I suppose here in SoCal it's always potentially the same story.)

To our dear friend Graham and others down under, our condolences and prayers are with you.
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on November 13, 2016, 11:09 AM:
So sorry to hear of this and I am also praying and thinking of our forum friends...I hope you are all ok.

Posted by Dave Groves (Member # 4685) on November 13, 2016, 11:10 AM:
I second your thoughts Bill, the more so as our daugher and partner recently moved to the the North Island. Can't even begin to imagine the experience of what has always seemed solid turning into shifting sands and bringing everything down round about it. I too hope Graham is o.k. I suspect this is a pretty regular experience living on a fault line.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on November 13, 2016, 04:01 PM:
Thanks everyone

Luckily we did not get the brunt of it in this city, but what a night. I got up about 12.30am when things were moving around. It was really strange, as in the past you could here them coming like a train through the ground before the shaking. For us it was more of a rolling motion this time, like being at sea in a boat. Earthquakes in the past usually don't last to long, but this one continued for at least 8 minutes, it just kept going.

I said to Yvonne this is not our usual off shore fault line that hits us like a brick, this is something else. Shortly after and for the first time ever, the siren warning went off near the beach, so I said to Yvonne we better get out of here, so we got in our car and instead of driving away from the sea as most people were doing. I told my son who with his family living near the beach we were coming to get them, as they don't have a car at the moment.

Anyway by this time the traffic was grid locked everyone was on the road. I have to say though, people were generally very good, so we slowly drove across the city away from he sea. We eventually arrived at a mall car park and along with many others stayed put and listened to the radio.

Anyway we are fine, and at the moment have arrived home and having a cup of tea.

Further north from this city its a different story Wellington really did get shook up and the inter islander steamers have been anchored well away from the piers.

Earthquakes without doubt are terrifying, when that ground moves on you its scary stuff. The shaking can be very violent and there is nothing you can do except to hang onto something until its over, the energy released is quite incredible.

Hope that's it for many more.

Thanks again everyone

Regards Graham.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on November 13, 2016, 04:08 PM:
Only just realized this had even happened Graham!

Great to hear you're all safe and sound. I'm also pleased your property has remained in tact this time especially after all that hard work and disruption to your lives previously.

Stay safe Graham and family and of course, as always, our thoughts go out to all those have been affected by this devastating trauma.
Posted by Clinton Hunt (Member # 2072) on November 13, 2016, 04:43 PM:
I had a feeling it was a big earthquake especially when we felt it in the other main Island.And it lasted about 2 mins of gentle rolling feeling.
So basically the whole country felt it!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on November 13, 2016, 04:50 PM:
I'm glad to hear you all came through it OK, Graham.

We are pretty seismically quiet here, so when our very minor stuff hits it creates quite a stir. About five years ago I was working in a wheeled office chair on a tile floor. I started twitching side to side on the floor and wondered what was going wrong. All of a sudden I realized I was actually the one standing still: it was the room that was moving! I wondered if something was going very wrong somewhere in the facility when my wife called from 50 miles away and asked "Did you feel that?!""

My boss took the day off and went fishing. He pulled into the dock and somebody asked "Did you feel the earthquake?" He said "What are you talking about?"

-on the water: not even a ripple.
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on November 13, 2016, 05:16 PM:
I hadn't heard about the earthquake in New Zealand until I read this thread. So relieved to hear you and your family are ok. Earthquakes are terrifying. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area you are either very near or directly on a fault. I don't think one ever gets use to the helplessness of being in an earthquake. I hope the after-shocks are minimal. Keep us posted.
Posted by Bill Brandenstein (Member # 892) on November 13, 2016, 08:27 PM:
Graham and Clinton, so glad for your reports, and thankful to hear that it was mostly a terrifying ride and not as cataclysmic as it might have been.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 13, 2016, 08:29 PM:
Earthquakes are on the increase in the USA particularly in areas where fracking is going on. Oklahoma has had a lot of quakes lately, an area where quakes were practically unheard of. Makes you wonder what the future cost to the environment of hydraulic fracking is really going to be.
Posted by Bryan Chernick (Member # 1998) on November 13, 2016, 09:25 PM:
Graham, glad to hear you're ok. Deep subduction zone earthquakes tend to have that gentle rocking motion where shallow earthquakes are more violent. We get both kinds where I live. I remember when we had a large subduction zone quake about 16 years ago it felt just like you described and kept going for what seemed like a very long time.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on November 14, 2016, 02:59 AM:
I've just seen on the news there was a powerful aftershock or second quake. I hope you are still all OK..
My thoughts go to the families of the 2 killed in the first one.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on November 14, 2016, 03:00 AM:
Here here Brian!
Terrible news!

We only had trials for fracking here so far and even that manifested into terrifying house shaking quakes!
I remember running out into the street once for fear the house would collapse and these were only minor trembles compared to what you guys have witnessed.

I'm totally against Fracking full stop. We spent hundreds of years mining our tiny country for coal, now the land has settled in recent decades from that era, the last thing it needs is lunatics creating more gigantic deep deep holes in our planet!
Posted by Patrick Walsh (Member # 637) on November 14, 2016, 03:05 AM:
im all good to, films went flying but nothing damaged.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on November 14, 2016, 03:07 AM:
Good to hear Patrick, films can to a degree, be replaced.
Human lives cannot.
Posted by Dave Groves (Member # 4685) on November 14, 2016, 04:57 AM:
Glad all three of you are O.K. Hope things settle down a bit. What with wars, earthquakes, riots and Zica (now in 75 countries according to this mornings paper) the world seems to stagger from one crisis to the next. The sad thing is so much of it is our own making, including Fracking which may turn out be a genie let out of his prison. Now if I was in charge..........!!!
Posted by Kevin Hassall (Member # 2352) on November 14, 2016, 07:34 AM:
You are all in our prayers and thoughts
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on November 14, 2016, 09:22 AM:
How extensive is fracking in the UK, and is there a lot of opposition to it? Here in the USA fracking is going on in many states, including North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. My thinking is that the long term risks, earthquakes, sinkholes, land collapse, and aquifer contamination, are simply not worth it. But the big energy companies rule.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on November 14, 2016, 10:08 AM:
They've only carried trials so far here in the UK Paul.
These led to great protest!

Hopefully the big conglomerate organizations will not get their way here.

We had minor quakes as a result from the limited trials here and Manchester has been like Sinkhole City ever since!

Leave us alone please, would be my advice if anyone ever cared to listen to the laymen wherever huge monetary dividends are at stake. [Embarrassed] [Mad] [Mad]

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Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on November 14, 2016, 11:25 AM:
My heart and thoughts go out to those in New Zealand who were rocked by this big one! [Frown]
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on November 14, 2016, 01:13 PM:
Yes, terrible news. Good to know our fellow forum members are at least safe.

Without entering politics Paul, but fracking here is massively controversial - testing is being pushed through despite absolute objection from the majority public.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on November 14, 2016, 06:25 PM:
Thanks everyone

With Bill living in California and Janice in San Franscisco they would certainly know how it feels.

Janice is quite right to say you never get used to the helpless of being in an earthquake. We are fortunate we don't have underground gas lines here as in the US. I always feel those gas lines if fractured would most likely explode. I don't no if cities like San Franscisco have some kind of safety mechanism for such an event.

Back in Sept 2010 this young chap survived, The interview shows how dangerous old buildings of brick and mortar can be, only a few months after this local interview, on the following February 2011 we were found out just how deadly those building were.

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