We are ok - just saddened to be going through another major earthquake swarm here in New Zealand.
Just after midnight a 7.5 earthquake hit near Hanmer Springs/Culverden and then followed by a run of aftershocks, extending a long way up and down both islands. Latest reports today say it was actually two quakes that hit simultaneously....the 7.5 is four times as powerful as the 7.1 that hit Darfield, Christchurch in 2010. That fault rupture was 30km long and last nights probably four times as long.
So a sleepless night with eastern tsunami alerts and many people evacuated from coastal areas. I managed some sleep from about 4 pm but it is no surprise that most people are not functioning very well today. There is a lot of damage around the island - roads and slips - and two people have died.
After 17,000 recorded quakes it really is no surprise to be having them - and we do have a plate / fault line running up and down both islands...sliding past and crashing into each other. Last night the quake was potentially on the plate boundary and it caused a slip one and an up/down thrust one. Kaikoura was up down motion, and Seddon was clearly a side to side motion. The size and length of was an unwelcome return and the swarm that followed it brings back a lot of fears and memories we can all do without. There have been a few hundred aftershocks - one a 6.4 that sent us out of our 4th floor office today and a decision to work at home!
Many of the quakes were recorded as Severe on http://www.geonet.org.nz/
It has made the top 100 quake list...
This man's house was sitting on top of one of the fault lines - which has always been one of my personal nightmares about earthquakes. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/he-took-off-across-paddock-in-his-undies-farmer-house-faultline-reacts-staffer-bolted-moved-6m
The tsunami sirens were going for a long time....we could faintly hear them on the beach. I spent a bit of time checking the maps and wondering whether to get the kids up and head inland as we are on the borders of safety - but they put the evacuation centre closer than us so finally decided it was safe to sleep. If you have facebook - here is a video of the sirens and the night scene: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn
There are major slips on State Highway one south of Kaikoura - blocking off the road and the railways. Taken from Rebuild Christchurch facebook page: - https://www.facebook.com/rebuildchristchurch/photos/pcb.1423992670959138/1423992290959176/?type=3&theater
The Clarence River near Kaikoura is now blocked by a landslide...
The sky lit up at the time of the earthquake - This is a natural phenomenon, according to National Geographic.
Here is a page with latest news updates...
By 2.10pm, 382 aftershocks had struck the region. Of those, 216 were more than magnitude 4.
There is a live quake map here- you can play the last week - look for Monday 14th Nov and play that....scary!
Still life goes on. I have had a really fabulous three day weekend and it has been over just minutes when the quake struck. But it has been wonderful to have some great times with friends and family and my house is filled with wine and chocolates and flowers and things that smell purrrrfect.
Kia Kaha New Zealand- when you're not shaking, you are still a wonderful place to live :)