Tectonic plate shifts can bite me

September 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I have said before that I’m periodically disturbed by the fact that I live in a country that has such a high level of volcanic and earthquake activity. Unfortunate things tend to happen in New Zealand – whole cities get completely flattened by earthquakes, whole landscapes get destroyed by eruptions. This does not please me.

Yesterday morning at 4.30am there was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake just outside of Christchurch. Probably due to the time of the morning, no one was hurt (the Hawke’s Bay earthquake which flattened Napier happened at 10.30am, and killed 256 people), which was excellent, but apparently it was pretty scary. The very definition of a rude awakening.

Some of the pictures are really incredible.We’ve got lots of damaged buildings, some incredibly disturbing cracks in the road and ground, and bridges twisted beyond repair.

Mother nature is really incredible, and we are insignificant in comparison.

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  1. I too am glad that no one was killed. It’s events like this that makes you realize that no matter what we (humanity) discovers, we live here on sufferance…

    • Exactly. We can be wiped out at any given moment. It’s pretty scary.

    • Exactly. We can be wiped out at any given moment. It’s pretty scary.

  2. I too am glad that no one was killed. It’s events like this that makes you realize that no matter what we (humanity) discovers, we live here on sufferance…


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