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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #45 on: February 24, 2011, 10:48 PM »
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With regards to insurance: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4699505/Classification-of-quake-worth-billions

Basically, it differs depending on whether it's defined as an aftershock of the September quake, or a new earthquake. Doesn't really make sense to me as surely an earthquake is an earthquake, and whether they are related or not, the damage and loss of life is still the same. But as you'd expect Inusrance companies are going to try their best to pay out as little as possible.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #46 on: February 25, 2011, 05:00 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.

F**ks sake.
These people are utterly sickening and beyond contempt.  Don't know how they can live with themselves.



Latest from the BBC, updated at 04:48 GMT on 25 Feb -

First New Zealand earthquake victims named

Officials in New Zealand have released the first four names of the 113
confirmed victims of Tuesday's earthquake in the city of Christchurch.

They include two adults and two infants - aged five and nine months.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12570841

It was said on the evening news that a specialist rescue team from the UK was on its way.  These men have considerable experience in searching for people in disasters like this and they seemed to be fairly optimistic that more survivors could be found.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #47 on: February 25, 2011, 08:45 AM »
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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!

You forgot to mention Taupo - that's about a 2 hour drive from me - and Mt Ruapehu>

Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m). The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Ruapehu

It also where the 2 largest ski fields are in NZ Very Happy

We, like you Alex, are not prepared one bit, though we do have a freezer full of meat and a BBQ.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #48 on: February 25, 2011, 08:48 AM »
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Link for before and after photo's of the earthquake.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-photos/news/image.cfm?c_id=1503036&gal_cid=1503036&gallery_id=116929#7381709
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #49 on: February 25, 2011, 08:48 AM »
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These people are utterly sickening and beyond contempt.  Don't know how they can live with themselves.



Latest from the BBC, updated at 04:48 GMT on 25 Feb -

First New Zealand earthquake victims named

Officials in New Zealand have released the first four names of the 113
confirmed victims of Tuesday's earthquake in the city of Christchurch.

They include two adults and two infants - aged five and nine months.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12570841

It was said on the evening news that a specialist rescue team from the UK was on its way.  These men have considerable experience in searching for people in disasters like this and they seemed to be fairly optimistic that more survivors could be found.
British rescue team are now in the country. Hope they've brought the dogs with them!
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #50 on: February 25, 2011, 08:55 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

That wide angle shot is pretty amazing.

We had thought of moving to Nelson when emigrating here as my hubby was talking to a company there about jobs but it fell through and we never considered the south island after that - weather is very similar to UK.  They do get warm summers but not the humidity that we get here in Hamilton and of course, snow!
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #51 on: February 26, 2011, 02:06 AM »
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You forgot to mention Taupo - that's about a 2 hour drive from me - and Mt Ruapehu>

Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m). The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Ruapehu

It also where the 2 largest ski fields are in NZ Very Happy

We, like you Alex, are not prepared one bit, though we do have a freezer full of meat and a BBQ.
Thanks for the link, Bev.  I'd no idea that NZ has so many volcanoes.  Interesting that Ruapehu was the first in the world to have a webcam (dubbed a "VolcanoCam") installed to monitor its activity.

Edinburgh has in its centre its own extinct volcano, called Arthur's Seat (origin of name unknown) which is the highest of 7 hills on or around which the city has been built.  It dates back 350m years but certainly gives the city quite a unique appearance.  The first photo of it was taken from one of the other hills and the second is of the main volcano, which, from its appearance here, roughly resembles a crouching lion.  The rock upon which Edinburgh Castle stands is, in fact, a volcanic plug - something which was once part of the volcano although over millions of years the surrounding rocks have been eroded.  NZ has a few of these, including the Lion Rock at Piha, which I'm sure you and Alex probably know.

   

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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #52 on: February 26, 2011, 03:56 AM »
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According to the latest on the BBC, mayor Bob Parker has confirmed that the death toll is now 123 with 200 still missing.  He's also praised the "incredible progress" made in the four days since the quake.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12586274
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #53 on: February 26, 2011, 03:59 AM »
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Christchurch.

Quite a religious name for a town.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #54 on: February 26, 2011, 05:23 AM »
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145 is the toll now with over 200 still missing.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #55 on: February 26, 2011, 05:56 AM »
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Christchurch.

Quite a religious name for a town.
Seems the Good Lord was looking the other way that day ...

145 is the toll now with over 200 still missing.
Thanks, Alex.  Dreadful that over 200 are still missing in addition to the number of bodies found.  I'm wondering how long it'll take to get all the bodies out of the CTV rubble and identify them.  Pretty gruesome task.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #56 on: February 27, 2011, 09:52 PM »
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The 2 ***** who stole emergency phone generators: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4706818/Christchurch-thefts-act-of-brainless-people

Would take a brave judge to be lenient on them.
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #57 on: February 28, 2011, 12:56 AM »
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The 2 c**ts who stole emergency phone generators: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4706818/Christchurch-thefts-act-of-brainless-people

Would take a brave judge to be lenient on them.
Sadly, even in situations like this the mindless morons can't seem to help themselves.  A bit of looting and burglary was probably to be expected, but this defies belief.  7 years max - I hope they get it.  I also notice from a side article that equally brainless hoaxers have also been at work.

Meanwhile the BBC has stopped reporting on events in NZ, focussing almost its entire news bulletins instead on Libya and getting stranded Brits and other foreign nationals out of the country. Only on ITN news was there a report (sorry about the adverts) -

http://itn.co.uk/3b02b4a91c460d0a826f07a826a141c4.html

According to the Beeb website the death toll is now 147 with 50 still missing, but ITN puts the deaths as 146 with 200 missing.  So is there a clearer picture emerging now?
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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #58 on: February 28, 2011, 06:00 AM »
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I missed the still missing count tonight but it did say 148 confirmed dead.

Livestream for our news.  

http://www.3news.co.nz/Video/3NewsLiveStream/tabid/876/Default.aspx

http://www.3news.co.nz/Youngest-quake-victim-farewelled-in-Christchurch/tabid/423/articleID/200238/Default.aspx
Funerals have started today with the youngest victim of the quake, 5 month old Baxtor Gowland. Frown


Foodstuffs South Island announced that its New World stores in Redcliffs and St Martins would not be reopening after they were extensively damaged in Christchurch's devastating earthquake on Tuesday.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Moree-than-230-Christchurch-workers-lose-jobs/tabid/423/articleID/200255/Default.aspx  no

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Re: Christchurch earthquake « Reply #59 on: March 01, 2011, 01:23 AM »
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Official toll now 154 and police say it will end up "around 240" which sounds a bit optimistic given there's still 200 odd listed as missing.

In a piece of minor nice news, 2 pretty old looking time capsules have been found amongst the rubble outside Christchurch Cathedral.

Apparently Ryan Nelsen has been given time off from Blackburn Rovers to go back to Chirstchurch - he's a Christchurch boy and still has family there.
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