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Tovarish
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 8:40:50 PM
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At lunch time today, less than an hour ago, a 6.3 Earthquake struck NZ.

Apparently the quake was shallow making the actual effect greater than their last of 7.5.

People were at work and children at school, and fatalities are expected to be high.

Our thoughts are with you, our cousins across the ditch, God Bless.
dtpostel
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 8:57:57 PM
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My prayers are with ya'll in New Zealand
dlux3
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:19:06 PM
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My sister in-law, her husband and her son live in Christchurch. No word from them yet. We are extremely worried.
Tovarish
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:36:14 PM
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dlux3, hopefully a little comfort could be with the landlines down, they may be having trouble phoning you.

Also the mobiles seem to be overloaded with calls.

Hang in there!
kitten
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 10:39:37 PM
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Just saw the news. My prayers and thoughts are with you and those you know as well as those we don't.

peace out, >^,,^<
tashudee
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 11:41:59 PM
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Hope all is well!

My prayers!!
Casper
Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 11:54:27 PM

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sending my prayers. We also had a little quake here. I hope it doesn't get worse, because my panic attack will get to me.
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:00:54 AM
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There has been live coverage on ABC TV since lunch time, and it looks pretty bad.
surreal3
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 1:26:01 AM
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Yes its pretty bad. There's nationwide lines available let me know if anyone needs the numbers to call
TOOTS
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:16:13 AM
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surreal3 wrote:
Yes its pretty bad. There's nationwide lines available let me know if anyone needs the numbers to call


My very best wishes to you and your family and all of you in NZ., you are in our thoughts. T x.
uuaschbaer
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:46:20 AM

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My thoughts and feelings are with you all, with everyone there.
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:52:48 AM

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I watched this news in TV just a little while ago. My sympathy with all the residents there. Initial reports show the toll above 70.
Epiphileon
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:13:11 AM

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Looks very bad, I hope the resources are rushed to the area to dig out survivors, sounds like there are many trapped. I can't imagine how nervous people must be, I experienced a 7.1 in Silicon Valley in California. There is nothing that I know of that is more unnerving, and this one looks worse than that. My hopes and thoughts are with the people there.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:29:02 AM
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My most fervent thoughts are with you... Let's hope many many survivors can be found...
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:18:59 AM

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Positive energy, prayers and thoughts to all who are suffering through this from all who have to watch it unfold.

http://www.tvnz.co.nz/





Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:31:01 PM
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70 people are confirmed dead and over 300 are still missing.

Australia has sent engineers, medics, equipment and dogs.

New Zealand is well equipped, but who could ever be totally prepared for something of this magnitude?

There was a Doctors Convention with 400 doctors in the city when this happened, so they are not short of doctors.
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:50:20 PM
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Teams of Rescue Experts are coming from the US,UK and Taiwan, to assist in the rescue of people still trapped.
RuthP
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:56:04 PM

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May all the rescues go smoothly.

dlux3, I hop you will hear good news from your family, soon.

Alias
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:22:36 AM
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Tovarish wrote:

There was a Doctors Convention with 400 doctors in the city when this happened, so they are not short of doctors.


I think they were Neurologists Tov...

I have been to Christchurch and its a lovely place. err was..I recognise some of the buildings and the hotel we were in collapsed...

The Quake ripped thru the suburbs and straight through the CBD...
Aotearoa is a plucky nation with resourceful and proud people. They know how to pull together in a crisis..The countries around them hold Kiwis in high regard not the least of which is Australia despite the friendly rivalry...

Aotearoa is well known to be geologically active..it is sometimes referred to as the "Shaky Isles" as a result. However the area around Christchurch ..the Canterbury Plain..was not known to be seismically vulnerable..until last year that is...

The fault line that caused both quakes was completely unknown. It was masked by earlier geoligical events. To wit, while Wellington and other vulnerable areas
are well prepared with some of the worlds strictest building codes it appears that Christchurch isnt subject to the same degree of strictness...yet.

There are many kiwis in Australia (the ones who do well get snatched up and Oz claims them as their own!!ha ha) and quite a few Australians are in New Zealand either working, holidaying or living. Its a lot like Canada and the US but maybe even closer.

I imagine this is going to have long term repercussions for Christchurch however.
Until the first quake no-one believed they would be at risk of earthquakes. The fault line there is quite close to the surface and therefore more potent.





dlux3
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:52:39 AM
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Very happy to report that my relatives in Christchurch are safe and well. They've lost most of their house and report that the army are patrolling the streets enforcing a curfew. Also say you cannot get petrol within a 150km radius of the city. Ron said the ground is still moving. All of their neighbours have left but they are staying on in their shed.
dlux3
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:17:44 PM
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Speaking to my rellys via facebook. 17+ aftershocks since midnight. My nephew Laughlan is freaking out and tries to run outside after every shake. He is profoundly downs syndrome and challenging to deal with at the best of times. Ron says he feels like a war correspondent. He says Leah seems ok but is obviously scared. She is made of stern stuff, she will deal.
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:08:21 PM

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Great news, dlux ! My wife's family members in Christchurch are also all good. Poor Laughlan, he must be terrified; we all send him peace and good thoughts, I'm sure.
Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:36:27 PM
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Thank Goodnes your family is Ok dlux.

Our ANZAC's are made of pretty tuff stuff.
dlux3
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:54:38 PM
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Yes we are.
srirr
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:35:52 PM

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Good to hear Dlux and Ex that your folks are safe. May God bless them!
blue2
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:14:57 AM

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Good to hear your family is safe dlux and ex. The news of the devastation and loss of life is heartbreaking. I hope they find more survivors.
I was first shocked that a 6.3 earthquake (as it was reported here) could cause so much damage. Seems the previous earthquake had weakened the buildings' structures. What do they say there?
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:56:19 AM
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blue2, I am only repeating what I have heard in the broadcasts, but the intensity seems to have come from this

quake only starting 5km below the surface.

The previous quake of 7.5 in September last year was 30 plus km's below the surface.
RuthP
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 6:04:33 PM

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A 6.3 earthquake is considered strong and one expects destruction in a nearby urban area. In this case, as Tovarish said, the shallowness of the earthquake increased the damage, as did the fact the epicenter was less than 6 miles from city center.
tootsie
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 2:36:51 PM

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dlux3 wrote:
Yes we are.


sending hugs and hope from us in the UK - T x.
Tovarish
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 7:46:06 PM
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The Death toll is now 145 persons and 200 still unaccounted for.

My greatest sympathy.
kitten
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:23:49 PM
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Thank you very much for updating us all on this tragdey. I am glad those whom you know are safe.

Prayers and good thoughts for all.

>^,,^<
Tovarish
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 10:17:26 PM
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146
kitten
Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 3:00:45 AM
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Even with all the help, I sadly fear it will be more than the above number. >^,,^<
Tovarish
Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 3:12:27 AM
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Yes, Kitten it is only going to get worse.

But it takes a tragedy to bring some things together, NZ, Chinese & Japanese rescuers all working together,

makes me feel good about the world.
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