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  Reply # 378279 9-Sep-2010 16:17 Send private message

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! Surprised

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.

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  Reply # 378284 9-Sep-2010 16:23 Send private message

Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too






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  Reply # 378289 9-Sep-2010 16:29 Send private message

danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too


Magnitude 5.3, Thursday, September 9 2010 at 4:18 pm (NZST), 10 km south-east of Porangahau.


       The following earthquake has been recorded by GNS Science:

       Reference number:        3369346/G
       Universal Time:          9 September 2010 at 04:18
       NZ Standard Time:        Thursday, 9 September 2010 at 4:18 pm
       Latitude, Longitude:     40.40°S, 176.73°E
       Location:                10 km south-east of Porangahau
       Focal depth:             20 km
       Richter magnitude:       5.3

       Web page: http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/3369346g.html

Felt in Hawkes Bay. Possibly minor damage in the epicentral region.


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  Reply # 378302 9-Sep-2010 17:08 Send private message

http://www.aftershock.org.nz/ - Real time seismograph in Christchurch.




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  Reply # 378307 9-Sep-2010 17:15 Send private message

danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too

Gives you a sense of Christchurch huh? Compare a m5.3 miles away at 20km deep with a m7.1 a few KMs away and 5 km deep.  

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  Reply # 378328 9-Sep-2010 18:03 Send private message

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danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too

Gives you a sense of Christchurch huh? Compare a m5.3 miles away at 20km deep with a m7.1 a few KMs away and 5 km deep.  


CARNAGE! 




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  Reply # 378348 9-Sep-2010 18:59 Send private message

michaelmurfy:
minimoke:
danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too

Gives you a sense of Christchurch huh? Compare a m5.3 miles away at 20km deep with a m7.1 a few KMs away and 5 km deep.  


CARNAGE! 


Hell yeah!!! M7.1 is some 700 times stronger than M5.3!

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  Reply # 378766 11-Sep-2010 12:54 Send private message

Vodafone released an offer yesterday in Chch for a Vodem with $30 credit for only $30 under the guise of "Helping Canterbury stay connected". Have they released this offer elsewhere in the country?

Just picked up one myself, will make a nice backup at home.

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  Reply # 378767 11-Sep-2010 13:08 Send private message

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michaelmurfy:
minimoke:
danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too

Gives you a sense of Christchurch huh? Compare a m5.3 miles away at 20km deep with a m7.1 a few KMs away and 5 km deep.  


CARNAGE! 


Hell yeah!!! M7.1 is some 700 times stronger than M5.3!


I still don't understand where they get that system from :P 




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  Reply # 378788 11-Sep-2010 15:22 Send private message

michaelmurfy:
keewee01:
michaelmurfy:
minimoke:
danielfaulknor: Just had a rather violent quake here in Napier..

..Apparently felt in palmy too

Gives you a sense of Christchurch huh? Compare a m5.3 miles away at 20km deep with a m7.1 a few KMs away and 5 km deep.  


CARNAGE! 


Hell yeah!!! M7.1 is some 700 times stronger than M5.3!


I still don't understand where they get that system from :P 


Probably the French - they love to complicate things :p

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  Reply # 378845 11-Sep-2010 20:51 Send private message

From Wikipedia (which we all know to be 100% true).

Firstly, it wasn't the French :-)

For the original Richter Scale

"Developed in 1935 by Charles Richter in partnership with Beno Gutenberg, both of the California Institute of Technology"

For the general non-linear nature of the scale:

"
The Richter magnitude scale, also known as the local magnitude (ML) scale, assigns a single number to quantify the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. It is a base-10 logarithmic scale obtained by calculating the logarithm of the combined horizontal amplitude (shaking amplitude) of the largest displacement from zero on a particular type of seismometer (Wood–Anderson torsion). So, for example, an earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0. The effective limit of measurement for local magnitude ML is about 6.8.[citation needed]

The Richter scale has been superseded by the moment magnitude scale, which is calibrated to give generally similar values for medium-sized earthquakes (magnitudes between 3 and 7). Unlike the Richter scale, the moment magnitude scale is built on sound seismological principles, and does not saturate in the high-magnitude range. Magnitudes are still widely stated on the Richter scale in the mass media, although usually moment magnitudes—numerically about the same—are actually given."

So anyone who understands logarithmic scales should have no problem.

I am now wondering how this works between e.g 4.0 and 5.0.
Is 4.1 twice as much?
Can't be, because then 4.9 would be 10 times as much not 5.0.
Oh - my head.

Anyway, going up a whole number seems to be 10 times as severe.

The good news is that going down a whole number is 10 times less severe.

Cheers

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  Reply # 379212 13-Sep-2010 09:11 Send private message

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  Reply # 387983 5-Oct-2010 00:42 Send private message

while you were asleep, another two shook up the Centerbury soil :(

first info Canterbury hit by two more quakes



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  Reply # 388022 5-Oct-2010 07:48 Send private message

Just spent 10 days away and it was great not thinking about (experiencing) the aftershocks!

Get home and there barely 6 hours before we have a sizable aftershock. Sigh.

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  Reply # 388043 5-Oct-2010 08:58 Send private message

keewee01: Just spent 10 days away and it was great not thinking about (experiencing) the aftershocks!

Get home and there barely 6 hours before we have a sizable aftershock. Sigh.


That's Christchurch for you :)

It seems that that website talking about Luner Activity vs Earthquakes has some truth to it, they predicted a bigish earthquake between the 2nd of this month and the 8th.




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