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Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas

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  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Tamsin6,

    Back to sitting here weeping helplessly at my desk.

    Useful skills this year has taught me: how to sob discreetly at work.

    I guess I should be happy not being in Christchurch at the moment, but to be honest I really feel I should be there. it is properly absurd but.

    This. All I'd do is clog up the place for people trying to get stuff fixed but I want to be, anyway. I was pretty set on trying to get back home in 2012, but this makes me determined to.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report

  • Phil Lyth,

    It's a relief this latest quake didn't generate a tsunami.

    Belatedly to report, a GeoNet person on National Radio yesterday said that one thing they can authoritatively say is that yesterday's quakes would not have generated a tsunami, that would require a magnitude 7 or bigger.

    I wondered about the Sept 2010 7.1 quake and found GeoNet's site says there was no tsunami because the epicentre was under land.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 458 posts Report

  • DexterX,

    All I have to worry about today is mowing mother's lawns, going again to the supermarket, finishing off one small job, getting sufficient wrapping paper, what time to start cooking for 14 tomorrow and how I should do the potatoes - I think thinly sliced into a baking dish in several rows, sitting on their sides, seperated by thin carrots, covered in sliced mushroom sprinkled with fresh herbs – sitting in cream and covered in cheese and then baked slowly – quite mundane considerations in the wider sense of challenges of life.

    The recent spate of shakes to a degree significantly removes the mundane and seasonal tasks from the people of Christchurch in a year where they really need some rest and respite from it all, and this is more than “sad”, sorry I can’t find a better word.

    What I can do about this is tender my best wishes to the people of Christchurch and wish you all, all of you, things good and mundane over these next few days and trust that you can receive get some peace.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report

  • 3410,

    Well said, DexterX.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    From what I can see on the wires, people in Christchurch who don't have urgent remedial work are just getting out there and getting their Christmas on.

    Which is bloody remarkable when you consider that at 6.38am they had a 5.1 earthquake for an alarm clock.

    And there have been 60+ separate shakes since the first one yesterday.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Isabel Hitchings, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    The offer is lovely Geoff and I'm trying to wrangle some time in the schedule but with two festive dinners to prepare and eat (my father has a birthday on Boxing Day) and social engagements at which I need to present children on their best behaviour every day it might be a bit tricky.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report

  • Hebe, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Seems to be an air of wry resignation; the shops are full again. My PiL currently have no water so I may be line for an improvised "do" here; better start cleaning.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge...
    Bob Parker and Gerry Brownlee have apparently
    abandoned their family holidays to return here.
    I wonder if Tony Marryatt will as well?
    Now that he gets the big money to be responsible...
    or will he take the line that his expensive brain
    and system needs to be recharged and pampered?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Kris V,

    Our backyard has a few new humps, the driveway has a few different levels, & some of the internal house cracks have joined hands. Meh, it's a rental so therefore not our problem.

    My emotions are on a more even keel today, as is the land, although we could've done without the 6.40am wakeup shake. The biggest annoyance about this latest quake swarm is that it resets the insurance clocks in terms of new insurance policies. I'm also hoping it doesn't deflect from the righteous indignation over Marryatt's payrise.

    Righto, off to do the supermarket shop that was the subject of quakus-interruptus yesterday. Then onto the Xmas baking :)

    Shakeytown • Since Nov 2008 • 61 posts Report

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    And the piece of news that allows me to fully relax and enjoy my break: an email from the cattery telling us that both cats are fine (though not necessarily coming out of hiding) and the diabetic one has had all her insulin happily.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie,

    Posted by Lianne Dalziel on Facebook - Silt Santa.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    @ Isobel. No problem and no obligation. We are here until Dec 30 and I have cinemas to visit and relatives to endure. If not this time, some other time.
    I saw folk swimming at Tahunanui earlier today.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • amanda petrie-peter, in reply to Russell Brown,

    thanks Russell, have read for years: but since 4/9/2010 mostly only a bewildered one foot after the other, coherent thought let alone commentary difficult, just said to my sis today that the thing about disasters is normally they happen, everything is really a bit sh1t and then you kind of start again. What feels so challenging is... where is the end?

    Perth via chc • Since Dec 2011 • 4 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    Hurrah for a quieter night! Hope yous all had a good sleep. Now for the feasting and fun!

    Thinking of those still shovelling silt or dealing with new damage, though. Especially one of the people interviewed here, shovelling out his Bexley property for the sixth time. He says: "Usually it's up to your knees, but this time, it's just less, so that's good"

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Lilith __,

    Have a wonderful day, Lilith - enjoy the love and family xxx

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report

  • Lilith __, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    You too, Jackie! I'm taking way more food than my family and I can possibly eat, but that's all good. Lovely sunny day! If we can still move after eating we might aim for a gentle stroll on the beach. :-) xxx

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • ChrisW,

    I've put images of the seismic drum rolls (off Geonet) on the City Scenes thread.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie,


    "Mother Nature Forgives" - dug this morning from the quivering soil of St Albans.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • George Darroch,

    How is everyone? Aftershocks would have kept on rolling, I'm sure, but I hope life was reasonable to everybody yesterday.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    Can't speak for others but I had a lovely day yesterday, thanks George. One of our best family Christmases I can remember. All feeling grateful for what we have, and not fussing over details.

    As you say, aftershocks roll on. We're getting used to them again. Part of the shock of Friday afternoon was because it's been so quiet lately.

    Do other Cantabrians remember watching the model of continental drift in Canterbury Museum? And how the tectonic plates glide around so smoothly and effortlessly? Yeah.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • ChrisW, in reply to Lilith __,

    Pleased to hear you're more smitten by the spirit of Christmas than plate tectonics in action or that other thing, Lilith.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie,


    Santa in Locksley Ave. Avonside today.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    Thanks Chris. But wait, there's an other thing??

    BTW Joe, I loved your photo of Peacock's Gallop back a ways. That cliff used to be so beautiful: all those textures and plants (and birds). Now it's so raw, and sheer.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lilith __,

    Thank you Lilith, I'll pass the compliment on to Ms Goodie Gisela, as I should have credited her when posting.
    Just put up a bunch of her Boxing Day post-shake pics.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Joe, those pics make me sad. I'm over resilience. That may be the result of very weird Christmas: half the day in ED with my youngest after he passed out while visiting an old relly in hospital; home for a good few hours of food prep then dysfunction dinner by the sea. Glad its over; boxing day was lovely. Sounds tragic when I write it but more like a black comedy. We're planning a New Year's Eve feast to make up for it all.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

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