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Christchurch earthquake « Reply #30 on: February 23, 2011, 10:24 AM »
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Looking at the way the fault line runs, if I was moving to NZ, I wouldn't be anywhere near the west coast on the south island, the middle bit, or the east coast on the north island.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #31 on: February 24, 2011, 02:18 AM »
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It really isn't good.  I know that we keep getting the 'get thru' ads on tv but you never think that it's going to happen to you and this proves that sometimes it does and you need to have a plan.

I was disgusted by one of the news channels reporting that Dan Carter and Richie McCaw were both ok - as if the RWC is the 1st thing on everyone's mind no

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That video would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.  OK - well done to this perfect survival family, but it must be of small comfort to those who are well and truly stuck in this now.

BBC News showed some quite amazing rescue scenes, but it's an absolute tragedy that so many people are still believed to be trapped.  And the thought of all those who have died inside the CTV building is a horror beyond belief.

Tell me, though - because reports in the UK are a bit confusing - has this earthquake destroyed the entire city, or only a part of it?
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #32 on: February 24, 2011, 02:37 AM »
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Still unclear what's happened out in the suburbs but the CBD is basically ruins.

Official death toll now 76 with 238 still missing. About 120 people are thought to be in the CTV building that's been deemed unsurvivable, and 22 in the Cantebury Cathedral and 14 in the Pyne Gould Building also all likely to be dead.

The 26 storey Grand Chancellor Hotel is leaning against the nextdoor building and will come down at any moment taking a few other buildings with it.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #33 on: February 24, 2011, 04:42 AM »
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Thanks for that clarification.

Just been listening to the BBC News Channel.  Seems that only about 12 people are in the collapsed CTV building despite estimates??  No mention of the GCH finally collapsing, although its very precarious situation was mentioned earlier, so what's the latest with that?  26 storeys ... doesn't bear thinking about.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #34 on: February 24, 2011, 05:28 AM »
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Bit of confusion with the numbers in the CTV building but think the 12 refers to a group of 12 Japanese students who were studying at the language school in the building. There were 23 of them and about half got out. They are definitely saying up to 120 people are in the building.

Latest on the GCH is that it's leaning against another building and if it doesn't come down by itself it will have to be pulled down. It's definitely finished an area around it has been cleared.

Official death toll (ie, number of bodies recovered) is now 98 with serious concerns for another 226.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #35 on: February 24, 2011, 05:42 AM »
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Thanks.  Probably not surprising the Beeb is getting a bit confused as well as to exactly what's happening, although of course they have a correspondent in Christchurch.  Even so, nothing seems to be very clear.   Are they still managing to pull people alive out of the rubble, even although the window for this happening is rapidly closing?
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #36 on: February 24, 2011, 05:48 AM »
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I don't think anyone's been pulled out alive today. They thought they'd made contact with someone buried under a church this morning but didn't manage to find anyone.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #37 on: February 24, 2011, 05:51 AM »
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That video would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.  OK - well done to this perfect survival family, but it must be of small comfort to those who are well and truly stuck in this now.

The thing is that some people aren't going to get help from authorities for several days - it's the case in Christchurch now.  They are trying to get people be prepared - we aren't and are probably a bit complacent!   There's no power and no water to about 80% of the city and suburbs and if it's effecting the man on the street, then it's going to effect supermarkets too.  I know that some diary's are open (corner shops to you) and they are able to help but it reminds me a lot of New Orleans.  

It's just shown footage of a guy that has a water bore in his garden and he's now pumping the water to the people on the street.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Fresh-water-as-good-as-gold-in-Christchurch/tabid/309/articleID/199713/Default.aspx


I think that pockets of the CBD (central business district) are in ruins but the big problem seems to be the liquefaction.  It's going to make it very difficult to rebuild on the ground since there's always the risk that it could happen again.  I think that specialist building requirements would have to be in place and that would be expensive - NZ doesn't have an endless pit of money.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #38 on: February 24, 2011, 06:13 AM »
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Hi Bev.  I don't know what to say really.  It's just inconceivable that the heart of a city can be destroyed in this way with, it seems, little prospect of it ever being rebuilt since the cost of strengthening the foundations of buildings would indeed be very costly.  My cousin's husband is a retired Civil Engineer and he was telling me what would be involved and went as far as saying that even these specialist building requirements might not be a success in the long run on such unstable terrain.

Must get off to bed now, but my thoughts are very much with everyone affected by this. hug
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #39 on: February 24, 2011, 09:00 AM »
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9.03pm: A man has been arrested for impersonating a building inspector and asking to see people's valuables in a bid to steal from them.

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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #40 on: February 24, 2011, 09:48 AM »
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9.03pm: A man has been arrested for impersonating a building inspector and asking to see people's valuables in a bid to steal from them.

F**ks sake.
Unfortunately, you always get these evil b*****ds who never miss a chance to make a buck out of other people's misery. He'll get his comeuppance one day!
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #41 on: February 24, 2011, 10:17 AM »
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I don't see how or why Christchurch could ever be rebuilt. It's only going to happen again. Where's the lunatic insurer who'll place a long-odds bet on the new buildings?

When we were looking at emigration to NZ 3 years back, ChCh was the place we were considering, but the earthquake issue never popped into my head.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #42 on: February 24, 2011, 10:22 AM »
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Some good pictures in the Mail, including a wide-angle picture of the city as the quake struck:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359865/New-Zealand-earthquake-The-moment-Christchurch-shook-pieces.html
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #43 on: February 24, 2011, 08:06 PM »
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Latest is 103 dead (ie, bodies recovered) and 228 still missing. But the last live rescue was 3pm on Wednesday - it's now 9am on Friday.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #44 on: February 24, 2011, 09:54 PM »
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Really makes you think. Wellington is a major earthquake risk zone and particularly where I am by the water, the whole area would liquify. I've got no emergency supplies beyond a first aid kit in the car, which given I generally park under a street light or treet would probably be inaccessible. Got to start keeping things in stock just in case. Instead of throwing out coke bottles etc I'm going start filling them with water to keep in my wardrobe so at least got some emergency water. Did this with an empty bottle last night.

Basically Auckland and the north part of the north island is the only part of the country not likely to be hit by an earthquake. But even then, Auckland is entirely built on volcanoes and Rangitoto Island in Auckland harbour or the volcanic field surrounding it might erupt and completely destroy the north island one day, although it hasn't erupted for about 700 years. And Northland might get swallowed by a tsunami.

So it's a reasonably safe and pleasant country to live in with nice weather (ironically Christchurch probably has the best climate), but there is some risk of natural disaster pretty much everywhere!
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