Quaking in my boots

8 09 2010

On the 5th of September at 4:36am an earthquake hit Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. The epicentre was 40km West of Christchurch city, it was at a depth of 10km and was 7.1 on the Richter scale. Thankfully there has been no loss of life, which may be attributed to the fact that it happened so early in the morning and not at a busier time of day.

It is the biggest quake in New Zealand since the mighty Hawke’s Bay quake in 1931. That one was 7.8 on the scale.

Napier, 1931

Christchurch, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Canterbury as they cope with the massive clean up and many after shocks that continue to plague that area of the country.

Cyclists need to beware too. There is a massive amount of damage to the roads around Canterbury so if you’re thinking about getting out on your bike think twice! Check the conditions before you ride. There is a useful thread on Vorb – check it out HERE.

Here a few more helpful links for more info:
– Canterbury Earthquake: www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz
– NZ Ministry of CIvil Defence: www.civildefence.govt.nz
– Christchurch City Council: www.ccc.govt.nz
– GeoNet: www.geonet.org.nz
– Earthquake Comission: www.eqc.govt.nz
– NZ Herald (photos): www.nzherald.co.nz

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