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  Reply # 1670607 14-Nov-2016 11:58
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dafman:

 

We were on Kapiti coast, a couple hundy meters from the sea. As quake lasted more than 30 seconds, we decamped to car and drove to the Waikanae hills. It took us about 10 mins to get going as power was cut so fumbling in the dark. Next time will aim for around 5 mins.

 

What surprised me was how few people did the same. There was us and about three other cars leaving around the time.

 

Once parked we listened to national radio for about 20 mins. Nothing specific on the radio, and - importantly - nothing from Civil Defence.  We were aware that the tsunami sirens hadn't been activated, so we assumed no immediate threat and returned to bed.

 

Only to wake at 6am to general tsunami warning. Pretty pitiful from Civil Defence, they should be communicating with National Radio within minutes of significant shake (me thinks).

 

 

 

 

 

 

I too was very dissapointed about the lack of information on the radio..finally newstalk was the first station I could find with any info.


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freitasm:

 

 

 

Update from Spark regarding 111:

 

 

 

 

The team making the switchover procedure during the quake were impeded by falling ceiling tiles and air conditioning equipment, which landed on the very desk being used to make the switch. While staff believed they had completed the procedure, it became apparent after they had urgently left the building that the procedure had not worked properly.

 

 

 

IMO, ceiling tiles should not be allowed in buildings used for mission-critical purposes such as the 111 system. Ceiling tiles are only used as a cheap way of whacking up a false ceiling. There is nothing good about them from a structural point of view.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1670644 14-Nov-2016 12:15
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Stan:

 

On a lighter note this guy was streaming on twitch when it hit 

 

Warning NSFW language

 

https://clips.twitch.tv/del_riio/ElatedJayBionicBunion

 

 

Good thing he didn't panic.

 

 





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  Reply # 1670649 14-Nov-2016 12:26
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Fred99:

 

Geektastic:

 

tdgeek:

 

Malpaso: Reports of looting houses during the evacuation. Can I suggest once the wastes of space have been caught, they are publicly named, mugshots on the front page and public floggings in the town square. Oh and drop them off in the middle of Mosul afterwards. Hard to believe people like that exist.

 

I think when this happened in Feb 22 event, it was, too busy, remand in custody, we will get back to you when we have time.

 

 

 

 

I'd be happy to administer a more 'Judge Dread' approach if called upon...

 

 

 

 

As far as I'm aware, some of the "looting" was local drunks helping themselves to booze in wrecked hotels etc, I'm not aware that that there was widespread looting by civilians.

 

Some time in the future when suppressed information is hopefully freed up, you'll find out more about the real looting.  There were soldiers arrested for looting in the red zone.  There seemed to also be some arbitrary assistance to some who were able to access the red-zone to retrieve possessions and records, yet others were denied access. It suggested that if you had the right "connections" then you'd be looked after.

 

Perhaps the most widespread looting of all, was the rip-off suffered by tens of thousands of privately insured citizens, denied adequate compensation and/or having inadequate repairs carried out by EQC.

 

 

At least your soap box wasn't damaged in the quake.




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Seeing as Drumph has been mentioned, perhaps with a destiny to become the owner of his own law like "Godwins" in coming decades:

 

The energy release of the M7.5 quake was approx 3 megatonnes.  Trump has been granted executive power by 60 million very stupid people , so that if he wishes he can launch a first strike using an existing arsenal of weapons with about 300 times that yield.  The only thing to prevent him doing that would be, given that time allowed it, a decision to invoke section 4 of the 25th amendment to the US constitution.  More or less a decision that he's unfit to be President and Commander in Chief, something so obvious that most of the rest of the world, the incumbent president, and many Americans have been saying exactly that for a long time.

 

 


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  Reply # 1670653 14-Nov-2016 12:31
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Fred99:

Geektastic:


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Malpaso: Reports of looting houses during the evacuation. Can I suggest once the wastes of space have been caught, they are publicly named, mugshots on the front page and public floggings in the town square. Oh and drop them off in the middle of Mosul afterwards. Hard to believe people like that exist.


I think when this happened in Feb 22 event, it was, too busy, remand in custody, we will get back to you when we have time.



 


I'd be happy to administer a more 'Judge Dread' approach if called upon...



 


As far as I'm aware, some of the "looting" was local drunks helping themselves to booze in wrecked hotels etc, I'm not aware that that there was widespread looting by civilians.


Some time in the future when suppressed information is hopefully freed up, you'll find out more about the real looting.  There were soldiers arrested for looting in the red zone.  There seemed to also be some arbitrary assistance to some who were able to access the red-zone to retrieve possessions and records, yet others were denied access. It suggested that if you had the right "connections" then you'd be looked after.


Perhaps the most widespread looting of all, was the rip-off suffered by tens of thousands of privately insured citizens, denied adequate compensation and/or having inadequate repairs carried out by EQC.



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  Reply # 1670655 14-Nov-2016 12:32
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My fiancé was woken up by the shake in Pukekohe, apparently it was strong enough to rattle the chain for the curtains so it hit the windows, however not strong enough to wake me.

 

She left sometime in the night to get in to Mt Wellington to help coordinate the St. John's efforts from the head office. She told me just before she left there was a Tsunami warning for Wellington, or at least that is what my half asleep brain heard.

 

 




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  Reply # 1670659 14-Nov-2016 12:38
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dickytim:

 

Fred99:

 

Geektastic:

 

tdgeek:

 

Malpaso: Reports of looting houses during the evacuation. Can I suggest once the wastes of space have been caught, they are publicly named, mugshots on the front page and public floggings in the town square. Oh and drop them off in the middle of Mosul afterwards. Hard to believe people like that exist.

 

I think when this happened in Feb 22 event, it was, too busy, remand in custody, we will get back to you when we have time.

 

 

 

 

I'd be happy to administer a more 'Judge Dread' approach if called upon...

 

 

 

 

As far as I'm aware, some of the "looting" was local drunks helping themselves to booze in wrecked hotels etc, I'm not aware that that there was widespread looting by civilians.

 

Some time in the future when suppressed information is hopefully freed up, you'll find out more about the real looting.  There were soldiers arrested for looting in the red zone.  There seemed to also be some arbitrary assistance to some who were able to access the red-zone to retrieve possessions and records, yet others were denied access. It suggested that if you had the right "connections" then you'd be looked after.

 

Perhaps the most widespread looting of all, was the rip-off suffered by tens of thousands of privately insured citizens, denied adequate compensation and/or having inadequate repairs carried out by EQC.

 

 

At least your soap box wasn't damaged in the quake.

 

 

Hi Gerry - is that you?  Surprised you could reach the keyboard at lunchtime.


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  Reply # 1670660 14-Nov-2016 12:39
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Fred99:

 

Seeing as Drumph has been mentioned, perhaps with a destiny to become the owner of his own law like "Godwins" in coming decades:

 

The energy release of the M7.5 quake was approx 3 megatonnes.  Trump has been granted executive power by 60 million very stupid people , so that if he wishes he can launch a first strike using an existing arsenal of weapons with about 300 times that yield.  The only thing to prevent him doing that would be, given that time allowed it, a decision to invoke section 4 of the 25th amendment to the US constitution.  More or less a decision that he's unfit to be President and Commander in Chief, something so obvious that most of the rest of the world, the incumbent president, and many Americans have been saying exactly that for a long time.

 

 

 

 

I remember Hillary saying during the campaign that the window is four minutes.

 

 





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  Reply # 1670661 14-Nov-2016 12:41
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Freeview terrestrial back on in Wellington.




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  Reply # 1670662 14-Nov-2016 12:42
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Really, let's wait until the dust settles before we grand stand

 

 

 

I was waiting for the defender of the status quo to arrive.

 

Last time I pointed out that the tsunami warning system was an abject failure you defended them vehemently.  What excuses do you offer as spokesperson for them this time?


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  Reply # 1670664 14-Nov-2016 12:45
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Latest updates from Vodafone:

 

 

UPDATE @12:30 pm Monday 14 November 2016

 

To provide specific information for affected customers in and around Kaikoura - we have been informed that technicians as well as a back-up generator have been airlifted to the priority cell site in Kaikoura.  Two other cell sites, have also been connected to back-up generators. We are in the process of restoring power and connectivity. No ETA can be provided at the moment, but we will keep you updated. Fixed line and broadband services are also affected and we are working hard to get these re-established as quickly as possible.  

 

We are aware of a break in the fibre that serves this area and our technicians are working closely with Chorus. The break has been identified at the location of a major slip and work to repair it will commence as soon as it is safe to do so. Information for local residents can be found at https://outages.chorus.co.nz/

 

In order to provide important connectivity and access to emergency services for customers in this region, our technicians are looking to put in place a temporary coverage solution using femtocells, similar to what we provided to Fiji after Cyclone Winston.

 

Technicians continue to monitor all other sites.   

 

#EQNZ for local information

 

 

 

UPDATE @9:30 am Monday 14 November 2016

 

Network technicians continue to monitor the mobile, fixed and broadband networks in earthquake affected regions. We can confirm that a small number of sites are affected by power outages and most have now kicked over to back-up battery or generator power. A small number of FibreX (HFC) customers in Wellington may be experiencing service interruptions. We are waiting for the power supply to settle before we send technicians to these sites.

 

We apologise for any service interruptions and urge people to refrain from making unnecessary calls, leaving the network free for emergency calls.

 

We are continuing to assess our retail stores and working closely with our teams to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Our stores in Lambton Quay, Cuba St, Queensgate, Porirua, Paraparaumu, Nelson and Blenheim currently remain closed. In Christchurch, our Riccarton stores are clear to open.

 

The next update will be provided at approximately 1:00 PM.

 

#EQNZ for local information

 





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  Reply # 1670665 14-Nov-2016 12:45
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Latest update from Spark:

 

 

Update on the Spark network

 

Spark has now completed a full review of our network following the earthquake this morning.

 

Kaikoura and Blenheim are experiencing the most significant connectivity issues due to damage to the fixed network, and power outages affecting mobile cell sites around the area. People in or near those areas may have limited or no access to landline, broadband and mobile services. Spark’s technical teams are working hard to re-establish connection.

 

A further eight mobile cell sites around the affected area are running on back-up battery power and Spark is working to ensure they are re-connected to the mains or to a backup generator. In addition, some people in Wellington may experience issues with mobile coverage due to damage to cell sites in Wellington but there will be overlapping coverage from nearby cell sites.

 

The Kaikoura Exchange is working but is not currently connected to the national network due to damage to the fixed network. Spark is arranging for staff to be flown to the exchange in the next couple of hours by helicopter. Once the building has been assessed for damage, staff will be working to diagnose the cuts to the network and re-establish connection.

 

As Spark and Chorus have restricted access to some of the key exchanges while they are evaluated for earthquake damage, there may be some delay in restoring services.

 

Update on Spark stores

 

Spark stores in Wellington CBD, Queensgate, Moorhouse Avenue Christchurch and Blenheim are currently closed. Stores in Wanganui, Kapiti, Nelson, and West Coast are currently being inspected but may open later today. Customers should check the Spark website or confirm directly with their local stores or business hubs as this list will be changing throughout the day as inspections progress.

 

Contacting Spark

 

You can contact Spark as normal by phone, via online chat, through the website or Spark app or by visiting stores that remain open. However, please bear in mind that our call centres are operating with reduced staff and some buildings are shut while we complete inspections, so please expect longer waiting times than usual as we look after our staff’s safety.

 





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Free Spark WiFi, unlimited, today:

 

 

Free Wi-Fi for New Zealanders today

 

To help all New Zealanders stay in touch with friends and family today following the earthquake, Spark is letting anyone use our nationwide Wi-Fi network, without restrictions on data limits or who can use it, for free.

 

There are more than 1000 Wi-Fi zones around the country. Find the one closest to you at http://www.spark.co.nz/wifi.

 

How to access free Wi-Fi

 

Once you are within range of a Spark Wi-Fi hotspot, simply search for the Spark network (named ‘Spark Wi-Fi zone’) and click to join the network. There will be no need to register or enter log-in details to get online.

 





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Some of you guys above: do you think you could please discuss what is going to be a very serious event for NZ without picking at each other? Cheers.


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