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7.2 earthquake in Christchurch - NewZealand

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by xes, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

  2. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

  3. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Just checked where the 2 friends I know who live in New Zealand these days are located, one of them has Christchurch as his location, hope he is ok. If the power is out it may be some time before I can find out.
     
  4. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan like an outdated combine harvester

    shit, a lot of my family live near there
     
  5. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan like an outdated combine harvester

    it doesn't seem that serious. phew.
     
  7. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Yeah initial indications of damage seem to be a few older buildings in the centre and facades falling off.

    Just heard from a relative of my friend that he is ok, no power though, and has gone back to sleep :D
     
  8. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    Glad it's not been a bad one, it could have been alot worse. It wasn't even "the big one" that new zealanders are waiting for. Hope this didn't wake the big one up.
     
  9. abe11825

    abe11825 Like to take a cement fix

    hey, why worry? When in doubt, sleep it out! Glad he's safe!

    Still, an earthquake is an earthquake.. 2012 might be closer then we think, with all the destruction. New England is currently waiting Hurricane Earl's destruction, but it's a lowly category 1 at the moment. I'm thinking we're not going to get damage. Only rain, thus far!
     
  10. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Up yer bum

    Declared state of emergency in Kaiapoi
     
  11. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

  12. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Up yer bum

  13. jusali

    jusali Back from the brink!

    Staggering that more weren't injured a testimony the Kiwi's forethought in building regulations.
    Such a shame to see so many historic buildings I've been to devastated by the quake.
    Looks like our friends got off lightly too!
     
  14. frogwoman

    frogwoman I welcome your experience

  15. gabi

    gabi Well-Known Member

    quakes are a daily occurence in nz. Think this one was slightly overplayed.
     
  16. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Up yer bum

  17. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    My friend has got power back and has posted a load of photos. The road outside his house is broken, so whilst this isnt a devastating earthquake that killed a lot of people, its well beyond what they are used to out there.
     
  18. jusali

    jusali Back from the brink!

    Appaerently you can't flush the bog and have to boil your water. Massive infrastructure job to detect and fix that lot I expect
     
  19. gabi

    gabi Well-Known Member

    Lizziloo, I'm from Wellington. Quakes are an everyday occurence. Pretty funny that our entire cabinet was moved to the underground bunker beneath the beehive. Genuine lol there. Echos of flight of the conchords.

    Nothing happens in nz. That's the only reason this is being seen as news. Also another lol at christchurch being described as heavily populated. Has the op been there? It's not Haiti let's just say that.
     
  20. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Roads being all broken isnt news then?
     
  21. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Same lol here. It's about as populated as a small-medium county town in the UK, over about 8 times the area.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/christchurch-earthquake-state-of-emergency-extended-20100906-14wht.html

    The fact it's St Johns Ambulance providing medical support should tell you a lot...
     
  22. LDR

    LDR kiwitanga

    I believe Christchurch is the second biggest city in NZ, so heavily populated by NZ standards.

    The street my Good Lady Wife lived in as a child was so badly damaged that it can no longer take traffic. It's not a huge disaster on a global scale but still pretty big for NZ.
     
  23. jusali

    jusali Back from the brink!

    Oh how we laughed!
     
  24. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Up yer bum

    I know you're from New Zealand, and I'm sure you've experienced earthquakes, were you in Christchurch during this one?
     
  25. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Given that a lot of the building damage seems to have been the fronts falling off shops etc, and the state of some of the roads, it seems like it was actually a good thing this one happened at night. As opposed to earthquakes that cause more destruction of buildings where you dont want lots of people asleep in them at the time.
     
  26. teuchter

    teuchter *worse than Sean Connery in every regard*

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    Pictures like this are so fascinating that it makes me think "I wish we had earthquakes here" but on balance maybe I'd rather we didn't.
     
  27. Idris2002

    Idris2002 heaven knows I'm morrisey now

  28. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Thats a pretty good example of the extremist libertarian stance - silly fuckers with their unworkable views of the world, worthy only of ridicule.
     
  29. Idris2002

    Idris2002 heaven knows I'm morrisey now

    One of the few things I disliked about NZ was that the place seemed to be crawling with them, the stupid bastards.
     
  30. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

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