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Posted 22 February 2011 - 05:30 AM

Around 6 or so months ago a city in New Zealand, Christchurch [Chch], was rocked by a massive earthquake. Caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Come today, Chch was struck by another huge earthquake, this time killing dozens, and destroying the already weakened structures.

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Dozens of people are dead and scores more are injured or missing after a powerful earthquake today destroyed Christchurch buildings and left entire suburbs "unliveable".

But Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said "at least dozens of people" were dead after a shallow 6.3 earthquake hit 10km southeast of the city just before 1pm. that quake has been followed by constant aftershocks, some as powerful as magnitude 5.

Hospitals around the South Island were being cleared to take the hundreds of casualties expected.

The suburbs of Lyttleton and new Brighton are reportedly "unliveable".

Witnesses said screams could be heard coming from the Pyne Gould Business building where dozens of people were feared trapped.

A number of people were also trapped in the iconic Press building in Cathedral Square. Some had managed to free themselves.

People died when buses were crushed under falling building facades radion NZ reported


More; http://www.stuff.co....istchurch-quake

Pretty shocking when something this big happens in your own little country

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:00 AM

I hope the people in your country manage to make it through this tragedy!!

it sucks man that you guys had two huge earthquakes with in a a few months

time of each other!!!
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:17 AM

WHAT! That's terrible news.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:43 AM

I've found a live feed on the events of the Christchurch earthquake for whoever wants to view it...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/

Condolences to those affected by the earthquake.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:03 AM

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Best of luck to everyone in NZ.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:07 AM

An aftershock of 5.0 was recorded around half n hour ago.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:25 AM

Sounds a lot like the type of quake that the Northridge quake was, here in California about twenty years ago. Not the worst, but bad enough to kill a few dozen people.

I read this story today, while I was sitting just across the street from the La Brea tar pits, AKA the setting for the 1997 movie "Volcano".

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:57 AM

Pulling a San Francisco tounge.gif

But good luck to your country rebounding from this terrible disaster.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:12 AM

Been a sh*t couple of months for the South Island. They had a quake in September, then the mining accident that resulted in 27 deaths and now this.


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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:45 AM

That Is terrible news. R.I.P to the 65 people who lost their lives.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:40 PM

I have some friends travelling through this part of the world now. When they left Australia, the cyclones hit. They left NZ a few weeks back, now this. They're currently in Bali, perish the thought...

Feel for those who died, mother nature is being a moody bitch this summer.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:59 PM

Just had a bit of brief relief. An old mate of mine from back when I was a cadet lives out there with his family. Just got contact that they're all ok though the house is pretty f*cked.

Condolences to those of Christchurch. Been a bad past year for them.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:27 PM

Well that sucks R.I.P 65 Men and Women.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:30 PM

QUOTE (kizzck @ Feb 22 2011, 18:27)
Well that sucks R.I.P 65 Men and Women.

Don't forget the babies!

Seriously though, that really sucks. Best of luck to anyone out there.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:57 PM

f*ck I walked up that Catherdal a few years ago.
My cousins are down there.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:24 AM

Yeah, Stinky. This is an absolutely terrible disaster.
Im in Dunedin (300km south of Christchurch) and my sister lives in Christchurch. She txt me and my family asap to tell us that she was ok, but her house was ripped in two sad.gif

The phone lines for the whole country were blocked up within hours after the incident and Telecom (our national phone service provider) has warned people of making unnecessary calls anywhere in the country or sending picture messages between people.
Its pretty serious.
The death toll was up to 77 about 18 hours ago. Haven't heard what it has risen to atm, but there are still 300+ people missing and at least 250 still trapped within fallen buildings.

This has got to be the biggest and most serious natural disaster in our nations history, ahead of the Napier earthquake in 1953 which only killed 3.

I was in the automotive workshop when it struck and to be completely honest with you, i heard and felt it, but only thought it was a car with a loud exhaust driving past outside....f*ck was i wrong after i heard about an hour later.

I can only hope my sister, her partner and dog are able to find a place to stay - although, both of them are volunteer paramedics so they'll most likely be on call-out 24/7 and then sleep at the depot, which is lucky for them.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:40 AM

Yeah, I was at work when I heard the news. Everyone was looking at the internet on our phones on our breaks.

Death toll now 92.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:40 PM

92? Tight sh*t!

condolence to the families who lost relatives.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:24 PM Edited by !!GameCH33TA!!, 24 February 2011 - 08:26 PM.

Death toll succeeds 100.

Police have confirmed that there are 103 people now dead as a result of the earthquake. It is feared that 120 more who are still trapped in the CTV building will be added to that list, too.


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:18 AM

The death toll now is 113 including 2 British Nationals.
http://www.google.co...01298623395481A

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 08:27 AM

Death toll has risen and continues to rise. It is now at 155 confirmed deceased.
Police estimate the final toll to be around 240 after all bodies are recovered.

This is horrible for our country and Christchurch in particular.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:34 AM

Wellington Earthquake

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A quake of 4.5 magnitude shook Wellington this evening.

It struck 20 km northwest of the city, at a depth of 40km.

There are no reports yet of any damage, though it could be felt from as far as Blenheim.

Staff in the TV3 newsroom in the capital said it was strong enough to make them jump under their desks.

On the 3 News Facebook page, Taryn Ibell wrote: "Slow shaking for bout 20 seconds then bout 10 seconds of violent shaking, then back to slow shaking as it rolled away."

James Anderson wrote: "I think I shat my pants!!"

Sam Pradeep emailed 3 News, saying: "It was bit violent, but short lived. Now i can feel what Cantabrians would have gone through last week."


According to my friend, Christchurch had another 2 quakes today.

WTF?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

They actually had about 160 quakes in the two days after the biggest one. The first one was a 6.5 (about) and then they had a couple of 5's and since then they've had a heap of smaller ones.

The whole sequence of earthquakes experienced in the last 6 months has been part of a major move in the earth's tectonic plates. If I'm not mistaken apparently there was a multitude of earthquakes worldwide on the same day as the Christchurch quake.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 06:07 PM

I felt the Wellington one, I was just getting to sleep when I felt some shaking. Wasn't huge, didn't cause damage. But after Chch, it still scared the sh*t outta me.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:31 PM

An old teacher who used to go to the same school as mine lives in Christchurch along with 2 friends of my geographer, it is though the 2 friends are OK but no one has heard anything from the teacher.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 03:30 AM

Since September 4th (when the very first big one occurred) there have been over 5500 earthquakes recorded in the area, so its not even a slight surprise that there have been two more, Imi.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 04:02 AM

So, I'm planning on going down to Christchurch to help with the rebuild effort. Just gotta talk to Winz, Red Cross and other organizations. Hopefully, I will be going mid March.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:06 AM

Thats sad. Hope New Zealander are ok




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