Christchurch, New Zealand – Earthquake and the aftershocks

by budgettravelnotes on September 8, 2010

I’d like to pass on my best wishes and hopes for everyone in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The main earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale at 4.35am local time on Saturday 4th September, and there have been many aftershocks since.  This quake was around the same level the Haiti quake but luckily Christchurch was spared any loss of live, although there is terrible destruction there.  The quake was felt as far up as New Plymouth in the North Island and throughout Wellington.  This is the first quake I’ve actually been around but I never felt it in Wellington, although my housemates did.

The aftershocks have been occurring on a regular basis since the 4th September causing a lot of stress and worry to local residents.  Only while writing this did I discover how many quakes actually hit New Zealand – the GeoNet website shows 30 earthquakes have hit the region between 5.17am on Thursday 7th until 8.15am Wednesday 8th September!  There’s also a Google Map of the aftershocks on the NZ Weather site.

I tried to source a couple of images for this post but they are all copyrighted so please have a look over at this quickly erected site, Crash Bang (it always amazes me how quickly people can jump on the bandwagon!) which has a collection of images from various sources.

If you would like to make a donation to help out, please visit the Red Cross New Zealand donation page – be patient as it must be getting hit hard just now.  If you want something to wear and donate at the same time, hop on over to Mr Vintage Christchurch Earthquake tshirt to buy a tshirt with the seismograph display on a charity tshirt.  If you think they’re cashing in, then read the comments on Mr Vintage blog.

If you want to keep up with the news, check out Google News.

Christchurch, our thoughts are with you.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenna in Chch September 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thanks for your thoughts! Almost 2 weeks on now, and almost 700 aftershocks so far, still going strong.
Christchurch is still an amazingly beautiful city, despite the soul-destroying loss of so many historic buildings, businesses and homes.
Things are normalizing here very slowly. There is too much damage to be assessed or repaired at any kind of speed so we need a lot more patience than ever before, even through our frayed nerves! You can see some excellent quake photos here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/photos/4095395/Latest-photos-7-1-quake .
The main problem right now is finding homes for families whose houses have been severely damaged or destroyed, while their repairs or rebuilding is carried out (the situation I too will soon face).
Still – Springtime has arrived and the weather is warmer and the daffodils and blossoms are spectacular, so the news is not all bad!

2 budgettravelnotes September 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thanks for the feedback Jenna. I have fond memories of my last stay in Christchurch a few years ago, staying with a friend in Sumner. I hope to be back down there later this year. I’m following the news just now from Wellington and can only imagine how stressful the event must be, especially with all the aftershocks as a constant reminder. It’s impressive that you are still upbeat regarding Spring so I hope it brings better things for you and everyone around you.

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