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  Reply # 376981 5-Sep-2010 20:37 Send private message

we are housing our neighbours because their house is in 4 pieces which seem to move further apart with each aftershock. and one of them's pregnant too. imagine how you'd feel - instead of furbishing your nursery you're worried you havent a roof when you give birth. just imagine.

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  Reply # 376986 5-Sep-2010 20:47 Send private message

kingjj:
michaelmurfy:
joker97: i would suggest that those who weren't part of the jarring quake to refrain from clever suggestions.

if you were here you'd felt like you were put in a jar along with boulders and then shaken by a giant, and then again and again and again every hour or so. many many houses in BEXLEY above have split into at least 2, some into 4 parts, like jengga.

things that go through people's head - no more roof over their head, how to repay mortgage, post traumatic stress disorder, panick, etc etc so please keep it to yourselves


+1 - You don't know what it's like to go through something like this if you didn't experience it.
Come on, I lost my flat due to it, and am now homeless. 


You poor bugger! You've suffered enough... I'll tell you what, I have some cereal saved up for a special occasion, I'd like to donate a box to the MichaelMurfy Relief Fund.

Stay strong! Cry

Edit: Just checking, your not actually homeless right? Embarassed


Yeah I am currently living with my Auntie and Uncle - spent all day today moving out the flat before it got a big fat orange sticker on it.

Upper story has come away from the bottom story, one more largish aftershock and it's coming down. 




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  Reply # 377012 5-Sep-2010 21:53 Send private message

Still got no power or water (I'm in North New Brighton), looks like every 3rd house on our street has power so must be 2 of 3 phases down. Just rung Orion and they said it could be another couple of days before we get power back.

Huge flooding at the end of the street where the water works building is, just heard water could be 2-3 weeks before its fixed. But they have water tanker available for containers. (I knew my 30 liter Beer brewing barrel would come in handy).

I've now got hold of a 400W inverter which is running my laptop, USB TV tuner and 23 inch screen, powered by my car battery, so can watch the news and top gear.

3G coverage on 2degrees has been awesome always had coverage and no problems geting hold of people.


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  Reply # 377013 5-Sep-2010 21:53 Send private message

So are the police cordons in the city gone now? People are going to work tomorrow and I imagine if the cordon is still in place that alot of small businesses will start to suffer.

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  Reply # 377014 5-Sep-2010 21:58 Send private message

Geonet is putting together a good report of the earthquake (link)

I like how they have also put a graph up showing their webserver stats for Aug 4,
says in total on the 4th their servers needed 57 gig of bandwidth and mentions the benefits of Peering

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  Reply # 377015 5-Sep-2010 22:02 Send private message

langi27:
Huge flooding at the end of the street where the water works building is, just heard water could be 2-3 weeks before its fixed. But they have water tanker available for containers. (I knew my 30 liter Beer brewing barrel would come in handy).


As of about 1.5hr ago, there was a digger getting into the path to get the busted pipe sorted. Passed through it on way back from pizza :)


So are the police cordons in the city gone now? People are going to work tomorrow and I imagine if the cordon is still in place that alot of small businesses will start to suffer.



Nope still there tomorrow too (possibly shrink tonight). Most of the city will be open on essential use only, appart from the no-go

Outter cordon - 4 aves. Stopping 'rubber neckers'

Open to essential business use, based on building classification
Green - all good
Yellow - essential visitation ONLY
Red - Condemned until further notice

Inner cordon "NO-GO" Zone, closed to ALL incl media:
Colombo/Gloucester, Kilmore/madras

This has the serious at-risk buildings within.

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  Reply # 377019 5-Sep-2010 22:19 Send private message

Small businesses will probably file claims from EQC or insurance for loss of business.




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  Reply # 377030 5-Sep-2010 23:10

You maybe interested to see that under the NZ building standards, the area that was hit by the earthquake, was in the medium to low risk area, as shown in the map below. This possibly means that buildings  didn't have to be kept maintained to the highest level of earthquake standards under the councils district plan. Looking a the damage, the buildings that mainly crumbled were brick and not reinforced in anyway, and it looked to be similar damage to those old photos of the Napier earthquake. This is unlike Wellington/wairarapa, which is in the high zone. The Wellington council requires commercial and apartments buildings in wellington to be retro fitted with bracing systems, as standards are raised overtime. I am sure the map will now be updated. Also with the Napier earthquake, a similar sized earthquake occurred about 10 days after the main one, so it is something to be aware of.

 

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  Reply # 377057 6-Sep-2010 08:43 Send private message

From two of our staff...

"We are all OK but looks like full rebuild for our house, it is liveable but looks like the whole slab has gone up on one side and down on the other, can even get my fingers under parts of the walls and crooked windows and doors (means I get to redecorate though). Only got power back this afternoon and have very limited sewerage tonight and no phone (water undrinkable too). Still staying at friends but hopefully (when my brain allows it) we will be back in the house tomorrow. Miss 2 is all over the place with her moods and has even told me about the earthquake and what we did (from a 2yr old it is a bit weird). She was in bed with me, and Mark was in spare room, he got knocked over big time trying to get to us. But on the bright side, we are all safe and well and I did not have an early baby. The house did its job of saving us so happy about that. Very glad to hear people are OK and I send all my best thoughts out to everyone, and I will now sign off this novel, and everyone take care."

"I put my spade down one of the cracks and it disappeared with a splash, handle and all– some poor folks in Spain are wondering why a spade has suddenly sprouted up in their garden!  50 metres up the road the tarmac has slumped half a metre down; around the corner a car is sitting in a hole in the road with just it’s roof above the surface.  My neighbour has a sink hole in her back garden and has been evacuated. "




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  Reply # 377064 6-Sep-2010 09:29 Send private message

well, that sure was an interesting weekend

only thing i lost was some glassware.. my little brother had a chimney fall onto his wheelie bin though, he drove from christchurch to rangiora at about 5 saturday morning and said it was like traveling through an apocalyptic movie(he managed to choose the worst route through chch city)




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  Reply # 377093 6-Sep-2010 12:05 Send private message

OK - seems Ashburton is now seeing a flow on effect from the earthquake - people can't get food in Christchurch so they're coming to Ashburton and cleaning our supermarkets out of food!

Worst part is that our supermarkets are in the same boat as the Christchurch ones in that there is no food distribution to them currently! Ekk.

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  Reply # 377098 6-Sep-2010 12:22 Send private message

keewee01: OK - seems Ashburton is now seeing a flow on effect from the earthquake - people can't get food in Christchurch so they're coming to Ashburton and cleaning our supermarkets out of food!

Worst part is that our supermarkets are in the same boat as the Christchurch ones in that there is no food distribution to them currently! Ekk.


Which supermarkets are running low in Chch? I'm sitting in one right now watching the customers and all the shelves are fully stocked. Give it a week though and there will be trouble, Foodstuffs Chilled got hit hard.

@MichaelMurfy, sorry if my comments were inappropriate, I though your damage was less severe.



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  Reply # 377106 6-Sep-2010 12:48 Send private message

kingjj:
keewee01: OK - seems Ashburton is now seeing a flow on effect from the earthquake - people can't get food in Christchurch so they're coming to Ashburton and cleaning our supermarkets out of food!

Worst part is that our supermarkets are in the same boat as the Christchurch ones in that there is no food distribution to them currently! Ekk.


Which supermarkets are running low in Chch? I'm sitting in one right now watching the customers and all the shelves are fully stocked. Give it a week though and there will be trouble, Foodstuffs Chilled got hit hard.

@MichaelMurfy, sorry if my comments were inappropriate, I though your damage was less severe.


That's interesting. We've heard that the local supermarkets have been told there is no distribution out of Christchurch for a time to come and they're trying to have it arranged out of Dunedin. And as of this morning one of the 2 local supermarkets was reporting shelves half empty with no immediate prospect of restocking.

And there are reports that there are quite a few people driving down from Christchurch to stock up.

Am about to head out to our other local supermarket now, so will see what the situation is there.

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  Reply # 377109 6-Sep-2010 12:52 Send private message

For those non-tech geeks around, if you need some help with email setup, temporary servers to run your business, etc: https://sites.google.com/a/waveadept.com/get-christchurch-mail-flowing/home





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