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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:06 pm 
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Don't know if any members are in or around Christchurch - but best wishes for any who are...sounds like quite a rattler you all had this morning.

I didn't see a general non-photo forum for this, but since I know Gordon is a NZer (from farther south) I figured there was a likelihood that some other members here were from down there too.

Best wishes to all, and hopefully no injuries or severe damage for you.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:31 pm 
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Moved your thread. :wink: Although the Off topic section is to be used for photography-related topics, this is a welcome thread here. Thanks Justin!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:20 am 
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oh, my ever lovin lordy. there is nothing like a good shake. hope you NZ'ers are all ok. watching the news, and it looks like US, in 1994, Northridge, and the one in the 70's...oh, yeah, I live about 15 miles away from the San Andreas fault, which is the one destined to drop california into the drink. One of these days I am gonna go ride my horse to the place where you can really see past activity on the fault..pretty darn cool.

Thinking about you Gordon and fellow nz-ers..know just about what you are dealing with..ugh.

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p

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As do I! Despite my Florida address, I have a painful familiarity with earthquakes. And you named it Patti...Northridge. My condo was exactly (measured it on Google Earth) 1.6 miles from the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge quake. And despite having lived through a dozen or so quakes from a bit more distance while living out there, sitting on top of an epicenter is a whole 'nother thing entirely. I woke up at 4:30am feeling like my room was doing its best impression of a martini shaker mixing a drink, while the sound of a locomotive ran through the room. My condo was on the 4th floor at 4:29am, and by 4:31am it was on the 3rd floor. Busted pretty much everything I owned - even furniture was cleaved in half. Spent a week sleeping in my truck while aftershocks rolled through a few dozen a day, before they yellow-tagged our building (safe to go in) - I retrieved whatever was salvageable, which ended up being able to fit in the back of an SUV, and drove east 2,800 miles to south Florida, where I've lived ever since, happily in the land of hurricanes (which give big, fat warnings before they strike!).

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:46 am 
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thanks for your sentiments.....

thought the magnitude was high no serious fatality...
since it was in early morning city was not busy so only injuries ......


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Thanks for your concern guys... it was thankfully just a minor wobble by the time it reached Queenstown, but it still woke us up. Looks more serious in Chch though, but no fatalities.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:00 am 
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Great to hear you're okay, Gordon (and with you of course the other people overthere!) :)

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Good to hear everyone is okay.

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Got back from early morning walk this morning (make the most of non existent summer here) switched on the tele and heard the news on BBC.
Contacted friends in Greymouth (opposite side of south island), they're OK, woken up at 4:30AM by the quake but couldn't get back to sleep! ChCh (Christchurch) looks quite bad.
Thoughts go out to all affected.

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Glad to hear you're OK Gordon :). Zackie says you're actually a New-Zealander (or should I say 'Kiwi' :lol: ?). I thought you were British (as you hold a degree from the University of Kent...)...

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Glad to hear you guys are all OK down there.

Joris...I've no idea if Gordon is a Brit by birth or growth, just that he's down under (under down under?) now! Like me, I guess he could be a Brit by birth, living abroad.

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Hi Joris, anyone can go to the University of Kent, and when I was there, we had lots of foreign students attending. But yes, I am English and moved to NZ five years ago.


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I felt the earthquake at 4:30 Saturday morning up here in Wellington when it woke me up. Gave my house a good shake though Couldn't believe what devastation it caused in Christchurch!

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Looks like NZ getting another battering http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100919/twl-storm-the-size-of-australia-hits-new-3fd0ae9.html

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Gordon's having his share of the foul weather: http://skycam.fishnet.net.nz/~skycam/

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