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Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on February 22, 2011, 07:14:
____ Let us pause in prayer for the residents of NZ
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on February 22, 2011, 08:49:
Terrible news. [Frown]

My bother and his family just returned from there a month ago.

I met many good people when I was in Christchurch long ago. I hope they are all OK.

Q. Is there a precedent to a modern city having so many large quakes in a short period of time? (two major quakes since September, and over 4000 aftershocks)?
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on February 22, 2011, 09:26:
My lovely sister and her husband (and cats) live and work in Christchurch. We have not been able to contact them yet. The telecomms systems are very messed up there, so I am hoping that is the cause. My brother checked out her office building on Google Earth and at least it is not a tall building, but that's about all the good news I have had. I'm hoping selfishly that newspaper headlines are something that happens to other people, not my family.

It just looks horrible there.
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on February 22, 2011, 09:49:
Lots of news on Twitter hashtag #christchurch, and Google has set up a people finder here:
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on February 22, 2011, 10:21:
Thanks Snaggy.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on February 22, 2011, 13:21:
Quite a shock (no pun intended).

I was out at lunch yesterday, walked into a TV shop, and there was a wall full of images of the devastation, including the building across the street from where Clan MacDruid stayed when we were there a couple of years ago. Somehow tragedy is much more real when it happens somewhere you've been.

Callipygous: hope your family members are well, not knowing must be torture for you. I'll be keeping my fingers in a strictly secular crossed configuration for them.

If memory serves, Skylar's SO is from Christchurch, same goes there, hope Clan MacSkylar-in-law are safe and well.
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on February 22, 2011, 16:48:
We have just heard from someone from elsewhere in NZ that my sister and her husband are fine. Their house is damaged, but they are OK. Massive relief. It's not really in good taste to celebrate, when many others will not be so lucky, so just a simple restrained yabber, a dabber, and a yes indeedy dooo. [Smile]
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on February 23, 2011, 06:48:
Calli - glad to hear your news. It must be a massive relief.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on February 23, 2011, 07:41:
____ However a good sigh of relief may be in order.
I am sure you are greatly relieved.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on February 23, 2011, 09:14:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
It's not really in good taste to celebrate

I dunno, I reckon these guys have a right to celebrate after 24 hours under the rubble.

Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on February 25, 2011, 01:34:
I'm so glad they are safe. It hasn't been a good year for the southern hemisphere. My friend Diz has been forced from her home in Queensland twice now.
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on February 25, 2011, 03:07:
So glad to hear that they are OK Cali.

I want to go around my house and quake-proof (if there is such a thing) everything possible. Especially the kitchen... man, that must be a dangerous place after a quake due to broken glass.

I was thinking about using something like these child-proof latches to secure my cabinets... anyone have any other suggestions?

Good suggestions here:
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on February 25, 2011, 09:49:
____ Well a large boat or small ship several miles off shore.

____ If you are below decks you can strap yourself down, above deck you can still strap yourself to the boat however you may have to hold your breath for as long as forty five seconds.

____ This is the size I was often aboard.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on February 26, 2011, 07:59:
The supermarket near work has a thing going where you can donate to the New Zealand earthquake appeal by just adding an amount to your bill at the checkout. Australia's had a hard time lately, plenty of excuse to adopt a "charity begins at home" attitude, and yet the 2 people ahead of me in the queue each donated amounts of $5 or more.

Faith in human nature: restored.
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on February 27, 2011, 11:20:
I finally got to speak with my sister yesterday. Interestingly she said that the pictures and TV reports make it look worse than it actually is. Naturally the experience was terrifying, (and she also told me a fairly hair raising story about a former work colleague escaping from a collapsing building), but outside the very centre of Christchurch, where many of the older buildings are, the damage was less than you might imagine. She works for Hertz, in an office building about 12 years old, built to withstand earthquakes, and it did. Her husband's workplace fared even better, the earthquake did not even cut off their electricity. Their home received some damage, mainly to the chimney, which made a mess, and of course everything fell off the shelves everywhere, so lots of broken glass, a smashed grandfather clock etc, but it is still structurally sound. Just about all the services disappeared, so no electricity, water, sewage, or telephones, but the gas was still there so they could cook. Telephones are now back up, the army has set up a desalination plant, so water is not such a problem and they have been issued with a portaloo, so they don't have go around digging holes in their garden any more. And both their cats are fine! Driving anywhere is tricky, as even if the road looks undamaged it can sometimes be just a rather fragile skin covering a large car eating hole.

So apart from the communications problems, which of course caused a lot of anxiety, there rest are inconveniences, but that’s all they really are, and as often happens in difficult situations people are really pulling together, and being good neighbours to each other. This type of experience can help you sort out the important stuff from the trivial. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, her experience is not unusual, she is a very friendly outgoing person with lots of friends, and she knows nobody either socially or from work who is in a much more difficult situation than she is, or whose home is damaged much worse.

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