robbyp:mattRSK: I was in Kaiapoi yesterday shifting silt where I saw a street lamp that had sunk into the ground up to the street sign. Crazy thing was that it was still on.
If this sized EQ happened in the Lower part of the Hutt Valley and some reclaimed parts of Wellington, it would also very likely suffer the same form of liquefaction. It is scary stuff to see in real life.
Can't be that bad - GNS Science is based in the Hutt!
I can remember a few good quakes during the years I lived and worked in Lower Hutt, but nothing like this one!
When one happens on the Wellington Fault, then the effects may be worse as Wellington/Lower Hutt are at Ground Zero - not buffeted by hundreds of meters of gravel and 20/30km away. But then I think Wellington has a lot more modern buildings, so who knows.