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post #1 of 20
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There was just an earthquake here in Christchurch!

DH and I were watching Fringe and I noticed that the living room lights were swinging - I said to Jake - I think this is an earthquake and he didn't believe me and so we looked over to the dining room lights and sure enough they were swinging too.

So I went over to the doorway and held onto it to see if I moved. It seemed to go on for a long time!

I am waiting for the online reports - none seem to be out yet.
post #2 of 20
I saw it on the news this morning.......and they were talking about a possible Tsunami!!!!! Please stay safe
post #3 of 20
Heard about the quake on the morning news and if there would be tsunami but the tsunami alert was cancelled.

I immediately thought of you and Sam and glad to hear you fared well.
post #4 of 20
Wow that would be scary. Glad your safe.
post #5 of 20
Glad you're all safe! It sounded like a big one:
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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the South Island at 9:22pm and was followed 19 minutes later by a 6.1 magnitude aftershock.
and apparently there was a very very small tsunami as a result. But as it only struck Bluff and Dunedin, no one really cares.
post #6 of 20
LOL Ok this is the first I've really heard about it all.

But I did think I felt an earthquake at work tonight.
post #7 of 20
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It was pretty strong, I woke my son up to put him in the doorway, and because he was just woken up out of the blue, it freaked him out. Oops! I think a talk in the morning about earthquake safety is in order.
post #8 of 20
I remember the first time I was where an earthquake was - it was freaky! It wasn't a big one, but it's strange to feel everything shaking and look out the door to see all the trees shaking!

Glad you're all safe - I haven't seen the news - I hope no one was hurt.



Laurie
post #9 of 20
Glad everything turned out alright!

We get little earthquakes here from time to time...it's a pretty weird feeling. The last one freaked Sabina out so bad, I thought she was going to pee herself!
post #10 of 20
Im glad you all are safe
post #11 of 20
I'm glad your safe!
post #12 of 20
I heard about it this morning, and was wondering if you felt anything.
Quake sparks NZ-Australia alert
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New Zealand records more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, but only about 150 are felt by residents and fewer than 10 annually cause damage.
post #13 of 20
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I heard about it this morning, and was wondering if you felt anything.
Quake sparks NZ-Australia alert
I certainly felt it

The funny thing is my husband initally thought the swinging lights were a ghost.

They have been saying that NZ is due for another big earthquake...who knows when. My grandmother survived the big earthquake in Napier in 1931. She met my grandfather after that when he came to town to help rebuild.

http://christchurchcitylibraries.com...ers/Napier.asp
post #14 of 20
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The funny thing is my husband initally thought the swinging lights were a ghost.
Oh yes, that's a much more logical conclusion to jump to!

I felt an earthquake in Wellington once, very freaky experience to have everything shaking like that. The one time I could honestly ask DH "did the earth move for you too?".
post #15 of 20
How scary! Are they common in NZ? My dad lived there once (said it was the most beautiful place he'd ever been), but he never mentioned anything about earthquakes....I hope things settle down!
post #16 of 20
Heard that on the neews this morning. Glad to hear you are all OK.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post
Oh yes, that's a much more logical conclusion to jump to!

I felt an earthquake in Wellington once, very freaky experience to have everything shaking like that. The one time I could honestly ask DH "did the earth move for you too?".
I wish I could say that to someone!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post
The one time I could honestly ask DH "did the earth move for you too?".


Is your house made of brick? Apparently they recommended standing in the doorway in brick houses because they were fairly poorly made, and the wooden door frame was all that was left standing after a quake.

Apparently standing in a door frame is generally bad because the force of the quake can slam the door closed, knocking you over. Best to hide under something solid like a dining room table.

Glad everything is fine though, sounds like a big one - bigger than anything I've felt here! Look out for those aftershocks!
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post


Is your house made of brick? Apparently they recommended standing in the doorway in brick houses because they were fairly poorly made, and the wooden door frame was all that was left standing after a quake.

Apparently standing in a door frame is generally bad because the force of the quake can slam the door closed, knocking you over. Best to hide under something solid like a dining room table.

Glad everything is fine though, sounds like a big one - bigger than anything I've felt here! Look out for those aftershocks!
Yep, it is made of brick
post #20 of 20
I was in the 7.1 Loma Prieta Quake in 1989
I saw your quake on the news today.
I hope everything is ok there.
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