|I see no ships|
For all the positives and advantages of living in this wonderful country there is a downside.
sits fair and square on multiple seismic fault lines. At midnight last night a
7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked large swathes of the South and North islands. I
awoke to violent shaking that seemed to go on forever. Vases crashed and the
house groaned. I went out onto the deck (probably not wise) and felt the piles
under the house sway side to side. After, what seemed an eternity, the shaking
stopped. All through the night we experienced major aftershocks. There has been significant damage to parts of
the country and as I write two people have
been killed, this is likely to increase as the emergency services scour remote
areas. My home city has suffered damage especially around the dock area. The New Zealand Cook strait ferries remain anchored forlornly in the bay unable
to enter port until significant structural repairs are made.
Tsunami warnings have been issued for much of the east coast on both islands however, at this time it is unlikely that there will be a significant surge.Tis wearing on the nerves especially as aftershocks continue to occur at an alarming rate throughout the day. It appears that this quake was as large as the one that devastated Napier in 1931 however, lucky for us the epicentre occurred in a sparsely populated region. Still, the damage is major and likely to run into billions of dollars. As this follows not long after the
And so life goes on. Hopefully no more 'biggies' for a while as every tremor adds another streak of silver to my crown of spun gold............