Monday, July 22, 2013

Shaky Town

So a lot of you will have heard already that central New Zealand was hit by a fairly big earthquake (6.5 magnitude) at around 5pm last night. I'm pretty used to earthquakes, we get them fairly frequently, but this one was pretty scary. Rich and I basically bolted to the nearest door frame when it hit and our apartment was unharmed, a few things fell off shelves but no real damage. There has been some damage to the city and neither of us were allowed to go into work today due to our offices needing to be checked for safety.

The media has been saying all day that people should stay out of central Wellington, unfortunately Rich and I LIVE in the CBD so we can't avoid it. 

Despite the earthquake damage, we decided to leave the apartment and go for a walk along Oriental Parade to calm our nerves. However we saw some signs of damage along the waterfront. 
I'm not really sure what this stuff is floating in the water - it looked like polystyrene. When we looked over the water to the working part of the harbour we could see at least one shipping container had fallen into the ocean, perhaps this was part of its contents?
This earthquake left us wondering - was this crack here before? I don't remember it! This is a conversation we had over and over again whilst out walking.
From this view, you wouldn't even know I lived in shaky town!

I hope you all had a good weekend, and that it wasn't shaky at all.

11 comments:

Johanna said...

I hope the shakes leave us alone soon! Good reminder to get those emergency supplies together huh?

Vix said...

I've been thinking of you and Rich each time I watch the news. It must be terrifying, that crack in the road scares me.
Take care. xxxx

Indigo Violet said...

As if the wind wasn't bad enough, you have earthquakes too? It must be very unsettling.

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Thinking of you guys. It must all be a bit terrifying after what happened down south. Take care! Xx

Helga! said...

I wouldn't have been able to resist having a nosey! We certainly did, and still do!Hoping it will all settle down, darl! XXXXXXXXX

alicia said...

i'm so happy you guys are ok!

Louise said...

I hadn't heard about the earthquake (our news reports have been mostly talking about the royal baby, who was born yesterday afternoon), but I am glad to hear that you're both safe. I can't imagine how scary ir must be being in an earthquake as we don't really get them in England. Must be terrifying. I hope there isn't more to come, and that you both stay safe x

Camelia Crinoline said...

I'm glad you guys and your apartment is ok. I know how scary earthquakes are.

Lara Lizard said...

There you are :)
Oh my, I'm envious. I would *love* to see Warhol's work live. I love him.
*Dislike* quakes, I hated them in Japan >< . Of coz, they are by Earth and therefore better than man-made mean things but whatsoever they are uncomfy at their least O_O
xx

thecuriouskiwi said...

I hope they're finished with us, I've had enough of the shakies :/

two squirrels said...

Oh sweet you poor things.....it's all so unsettling.
Stay safe.love V