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Well that was fun [Jul. 15th, 2009|09:40 pm]
[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |shaken, rattled and rolled]

Just felt the biggest earthquake since the one in '03 when bits of Secretary Island got knocked into the sea, and Geo Net is down and I can't file an earthquake report. Oh well.

For the record:
Time felt: 9.22 pm Wednesday 15th July.
Duration: About 1½ - 2 minutes.
What it was: A fairly gentle but deep rolling, shaking sort of movement. After the 2 minutes of the actual quake there was a lot of settling and slight motion for another 3 - 5 minutes.
Damage here: None.
Movement: Light fittings, loose items, no falls from bookshelves or anything like that.

Now to see if Geo Net is up yet...

Edited to add: Well, the earthquake has got its own web page here, so that's a start...

Further edit: This one actually felt quite a bit different to the `03 quake. That one started off feeling like I was living next to a railway line and there was a goods train going past. This one felt more like being on a boat of some description. More rolling, less juddering.

[User Picture]From: alryssa
2009-07-15 10:00 am (UTC)
Is this it? Because if so, holy crap, that's a 7.9.


edit: Geo Net seems to be up for me, reporting a 6.6.

Edited at 2009-07-15 10:02 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-15 10:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the bugger... I could get into the Geo Net earthquake info. pages intermittently, but I've tried a couple of times and each time it's given me "503 Service temporarily unavailable" when I've tried to file earthquake felt reports. Grrrrrr.
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[User Picture]From: alryssa
2009-07-15 11:12 am (UTC)
For some reason I am glad I don't live where you do :P
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 10:23 am (UTC)
Worst thing about the place at the moment is the BLOODY BLOODY COLD COLD COLD.
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[User Picture]From: abates
2009-07-15 08:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm surprised I didn't feel that at all (apparently the rest of the family did!)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 10:22 am (UTC)
There's people down here who didn't feel it (or didn't notice it). But most of us did. There were some... interesting... recollections at smoko this morning.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 10:09 am (UTC)
Thanks... the people are all OK, although a few shops have had some cleaning up to do (the Manapouri bookstore owner was talking on the news this morning about having to pick her books up afterwards...)
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[User Picture]From: primary_benelux
2009-07-15 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just read about the quake and logged into LJ to see what you'd thought.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 10:08 am (UTC)
My mental stereo's been playing (and adapting) songs with "shake" in their titles for most of the day.

I need to actually write another CD review... I did a quick draft of some main points on a writing pad back when my computer was in being fixed but haven't actually cobbled it together into anything coherent yet. You caught the series of posts I did for NZ Music Month in May, did you?
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[User Picture]From: primary_benelux
2009-07-16 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I read most of them last month. Very cool.
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[User Picture]From: baphnedia
2009-07-15 05:45 pm (UTC)
Now, you could be served in a Bond martini, no?
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 10:06 am (UTC)
Except I do far too much stirring to be acceptable to Double Oh Seven. That and I've never developed a taste for gin or vermont (and think olives are fairly blaaaarrgghh as well).
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[User Picture]From: bookwyrm_sr
2009-07-15 07:54 pm (UTC)
Since I read that the epicenter was 100 miles west of Invercargill, I was curious to find out how you were. Glad to hear that all's well.
Just one more reason why I'd glad that I live where I do -- no earthquakes, hurricanes, floods or mudslides. Just the occasional tornado or blizzard! :)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 09:59 am (UTC)
We're fairly blasé about earthquakes these days (we've had half a dozen noticeable ones in the last few years). Although that doesn't stop the civil defence people from having regular exercises (every couple of months I spend a day or a half day in some sort of civil defence simulation).

The main damage from earthquakes down here is broken china and ornaments. The major fault line goes through Fiordland, which is practically inhabited (the population of the old Fiordland County used to double whenever there was a school class camping at Deep Cove). The one place I'd never want to be in an earthquake is right in Fiordland though... the Manapouri hydro power station (deep under a lake with a tail-race tunnelling through the mountains to Deep Cove).

There's much more property damage done every time there's a decent flood (even the half-hearted flood the south coast had back in May probably did more damage).
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From: cajetan65
2009-07-15 11:18 pm (UTC)

Despite claims that...

Said quake was felt in Wellington, friends of mine in Christchurch didn't feel it. I didn't feel it here in Nelson. In terms of magnitude, it's the biggest shake since Inangahua (that was in May 1968, for non-NZers)

Interesting that it was so shallow. Fiordland isn't noted for volcanism, is it?
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-07-16 09:55 am (UTC)

Re: Despite claims that...

Actually Inangahua was only 7.1 ... this one was 7.8, i.e. the biggest since Napier, 1931. (I think the Macquarie Island one was way larger than either of them, but technically that's an Australian `quake...)

Fiordland isn't noticeably volcanic (there are dead volcanoes around the Invercargill area - Bluff, for example - but not way out west). What happens out there is... there's a place in Fiordland where, on one side of it, the Pacific plate goes over the Australian plate; and on the other side of it, the Australian plate goes over the Pacific plate. "Interesting" things happen at that place.
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