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Matthew Kane

Massive earthquakes this weekend, just had a 6.8

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Hi guys, just had a 6.8 earthquake about 5 minutes ago. it shook for a good minute and the earth still hasn't stopped. It peaked at 6.8 for about 30 seconds and just been a light rumble for about the past 6 or 7 minutes. We are all fine just had to hold the TV up from falling

 

Here is the info on the last one:

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2013p543824

 

This has been going on for almost 3 days now and they are getting bigger and bigger now. Amazing the power of mother nature as if you think about how heavy the earth is and how easily it can shake like that. the earth is just a shell with a very soft inside and we sit on top of that shell. 

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Take care. I hope it calms down.

 

I live about 5 km from the San Andreas Fault in southern California and it's pretty much a waiting game for us. Have not had any rumbles in a very long time and it's way past overdue.

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Yep it has been quite in Cali for a while now. We have had about 100 in the past 3 days and three were significant. The last one has cause some damage around Wellington, people are already posting pictures of damage on their Facebook pages.

 

Taryn's mom said her book cases fell over so she has had some damage. I held up the TV which is probably something you are not supposed to do but I didn't feel like replacing it. 

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All we need now is another devastating earthquake...this one will bankrupt the country for sure...and insurance will be unattainable!!!

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Yep it has been quite in Cali for a while now. We have had about 100 in the past 3 days and three were significant. The last one has cause some damage around Wellington, people are already posting pictures of damage on their Facebook pages.

 

Taryn's mom said her book cases fell over so she has had some damage. I held up the TV which is probably something you are not supposed to do but I didn't feel like replacing it. 

Heya Matthew, 

 

   Having gone through the Loma Prieta quake (6.9, just a hair above yours), I have found that watching the ceiling is a good metric: it the ceiling is flexing, the TV is on its own!!!   :)

 

   Hope things settle down, down under for ya...   :(

 

JKH

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Hope everything is ok with you, Matt! Good luck.

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Having gone through the Loma Prieta quake (6.9, just a hair above yours), I have found that watching the ceiling is a good metric: it the ceiling is flexing, the TV is on its own!!!   :)

 

Yes this is true, You can tell how bad they are and amazing how quickly you can make a split second decision. I think they are calling that last one a 6.9 now.

 

 

Hope everything is ok with you, Matt! Good luck.

 

Thanks guys, we are safe and damage free but reports of damage around Wellington are starting to come in. Good thing this happened on Sunday Evening when most of the offices are empty as that would have been much worse.

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Canadians can't spell....this is from Canadian National News, they've spelt it New Zeland:

 

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Another odd news story:

 

 

A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has erupted in an area 20 kilometers east of Seddon.

Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4,851 people. It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia.  The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3,302 kilometers (2,066 miles) from Melbourne.  This suggests that the path of the quake is along the southern part of Australia.

The intensity of earthquakes is measured by the moment magnitude scale (MMS).  Events with magnitudes greater than 4.5 are strong enough to be recorded by a seismograph anywhere in the world.

The death toll for earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 to 6.9 can reach 25,000 people.  A large number of buildings in populated areas can be destroyed.   The damage can be experienced far from the epicenter. (Wikipedia)

The depth of the quake near Seddon, as of 5:09 p.m., was 19km, which is over 11 miles deep.

Earthquakes can occur up to 700 kilometers below the surface.

There is an average of one earthquake per year in Australia with a magnitude of 5 or greater and a depth of 0 to 70 km.  (USGS)

By:  Tom Ukinski

http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/severe-earthquake-strikes-australia/?utm_content=buffer8eb0e&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

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As a child in California, they used to tell us to lay on the ground. Being way too analytical, I asked: "What if the ground opens up beneath us? No answer for that one. Be safe and watch things around you. Very scary event.

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Yea they say 'Drop, Cover and Hold' now. A lot of the kids do this and it is the dumb adults like me that don't. I just figure if it is a light one then it is not worth doing, and if it is the big one then you wouldn't have a chance any ways.

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Yea they say 'Drop, Cover and Hold' now. A lot of the kids do this and it is the dumb adults like me that don't. I just figure if it is a light one then it is not worth doing, and if it is the big one then you wouldn't have a chance any ways.

 

Be careful and try to stay safe.

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As a second grader, living in Anchorage Alaska, I had the fortune (misfortune) of enduring this:

 

http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/quakes/Alaska_1964_earthquake.html

 

It was a life changing event that I recount today as if it were yesterday.  I remember hitting the ceiling then the roof of our sitter's home.  We lived five houses down from the sitter and, when the quake was over, there was a 20 foot wide crevice with a 10 foot tall vertical displacement between our house and the sitters.  The picture of Government Hill Elementary School was the school which I attended.  Since that day, I've walked the earth knowing that we are not in control.  I've lived through hurricanes and tornadoes, but the fear of the earthquake is magnitudes greater.

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Thinking of you and yours Matthew.

 

Kind regards,

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Thanks Stephen and everyone for your comments. I finally did get some sleep but the adrenaline has kept most of us up and we are still getting constant little earthquakes. Probably close to 200 earthquakes since Thursday morning now.

 

Got word that our business is OK to open at 12 this afternoon. I was worried the building was damaged and I would be out of a job. The Engineers will be in to check the building before we open. It is a bit of a mess to clean up there so I will be spending the morning cleaning it up. A few pics of the mess I will be cleaning this  morning:

 

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I finally did get some sleep but the adrenaline has kept most of us up and we are still getting constant little earthquakes. Probably close to 200 earthquakes since Thursday morning now.

After living through the Christchurch quakes Matt, I know what your going through. Take care up there, you and your family.

Here is an update

 

'100 HIROSHIMA BOMBS'

The quake was bigger than Christchurch's devastating February 22 shake - and released energy equivalent to 100 "Hiroshima" nuclear bombs.

GNS Science seismologist Stephen Bannister said Wellingtonians could count their blessings it wasn't centred closer to the capital.

"If it had been under the city we would have been looking at equal damage or close to what happened in Christchurch."

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8946666/Wellington-wakes-to-earthquake-disruption

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Wow, glad to hear you are safe. 30 seconds must have felt like an hour. Hopefully the tremors end soon and you can get some rest.

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Finally got sleep last night. The aftershocks are still about every 3 to 4 minutes apart with the occasional ~5.5.

 

At this point I am not even noticing them anymore, The girls I work with feel every one of them so I am just going to ignore it and them.  :lol: 
 

Cheers

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There is no Napier in WA! There is in NZ though.

 

yes, it seems like a very bad researcher in Las Vegas wrote that. Have you read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas???? Some journalists are like that  :lol:

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Hey Matt my friend, take care.

 

Thanks Howard, My POV as we got off very lucky. I heard earlier we are approaching closer to 500 quakes in the past 4 days now. This may be a situation like Christchurch that the first major weakened everything...and the second did the most damage.

 

Right now Engineers are going through everything but not sure how much of this is economically based or actual engineering based. this is a very grey area.

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I will have my fingers crossed for you.

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