5.7 -- doesn't sound that big but everyone is saying it was really big.
I guess quakes of similar reported strengths can have different effects at the ground level -- depending on depth and underlying geology.
The immediate questions will be around that school they were trying to close underneath some cliffs near sumner... and , in general, buildings on and below the cliff. Look pretty dangerous to my untrained eye.
The school (Redcliffs) is well forward of the cliffs. The Feb 2011 ground shaking intensity was 5-10x stronger than the shake today - yet here was no rockfall in the school grounds.
The school is being closed for reasons other than EQ risk - that's just an excuse. The same government closing down the school will have no problems allowing the land to be sold for housing development etc.
Problem is threshold of risk. If you were an engineer who had to sign off to say that in your opinion there was no risk, you'd likely hesitate, in the same way that you might be reluctant to say that central Auckland won't be blown sky high by a volcano.
Been a few more minor shocks too.
Bit of a shake just now.
That one was funny. Was watching news - TV1 - supposed "live" interview. It clearly wasn't a "live" interview at all.