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Christchurch after quake

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by squeegee, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. squeegee

    squeegee Mu-43 Veteran

    403
    Jan 26, 2010
    I was in Wanaka at the time of the quake - about 400km south west of Christchurch.

    We were awakened by the quake but most people didn't think much of it in Wanaka because it was just a gentle shake. As it turns out, I was scheduled to return to Christchurch the very next day. Most people in Wanaka seemed dissappointed they missed the quake.

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    By the time I arrived, they had blocked off the entire city centre and no one was allowed in.

    Everyone wants to get into the city to take pictures and see the damage but they're quite adamant about keeping people out. A 7am to 7pm curfew was imposed and the military was called in to aid the police in keeping me out, errr I mean people out.

    The place is actually in very good spirits and most people seem to just regard it as a fun and exciting adventure. :thumbup:
     
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  2. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Good to get a first hand report, even if you were kept at arms length. I don't think it would be the sort of adventure that I would get excited about.

    Barrie
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Yes, thanks for these squeegee. I've been thinking about this earthquake and wondering if we have any members who were in Christchurch.

    Thank goodness, so far there have been no deaths reported!
     
  4. igi

    igi Mu-43 Regular

    111
    Feb 24, 2010
    I thought the quake was really bad but after seeing this, it's nice the people had a jolt of adrenaline instead:wink:

    Glad no one is reported dead yet. Good news and nice photos squeegee.
     
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  5. sinjin

    sinjin Mu-43 Regular

    29
    Feb 15, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    It was a pretty good shake in the end of town where we live! Still getting after shocks a few days later. Amazing how few people were injured. The majority of damage is relatively slight, but a lot of it in some areas. Much of us are back to work Monday morning. I put a few snapshots of what our neighborhood looks like up on my flickr site:

    Christchurch earthquake 2010 - a set on Flickr

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  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    sinjin, thanks for posting! I knew we had someone from Christchurch but I'm sorry I couldn't remember it was you. Thank goodness you are all OK! I'm going to go look at your Flickr photos right now!

    P.S. Very glad to see nothing too bad happened where you lived, but the feeling must have scared you all awake, that's for sure. I've only experienced a very moderate one once here in New York state...it woke me up, knocked over a little table and I thought a war had started... Seriously, I jumped out of bed and ran to the window!
     
  7. ricseet

    ricseet Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 20, 2010
    Singapore
    Sad thing going on in the world with one mishap after another. Good thing no dad casualty!
     
  8. sinjin

    sinjin Mu-43 Regular

    29
    Feb 15, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Yes, it was pretty scary and surreal. I had been in a few minor quakes and so at first I felt as though it was not a big deal. But it just kept going (only for a minute, but it felt like a lot longer at 4 in the morning!) and that's when the mind starts going off on ideas about the end of the world and other hollywood-inspired things. Power was out so it was a good 3-4 hours before we had any idea of the scale of things.

    A few days later and it looks like things are still good. Few injuries, no deaths. About 200 people are out of their homes; for them it must be brutal. The community support has been amazing. Now reports about people getting sick from contaminated water are coming in, so we have to be careful about boiling if first.

    Thanks for your concern!

    Mark