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milanessa
02-23-2011, 01:53 AM
Rescuers reach Australian woman (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8215205/rescuers-reach-australian-woman)

:) I hope that's just the first of good news.

ice dance
02-23-2011, 01:58 AM
Some before and after photos. (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-photos/news/image.cfm?c_id=1503036&gal_cid=1503036&gallery_id=116929#7381709)

Aussie Willy
02-23-2011, 02:14 AM
Awful news. I will be making my donation to the Red Cross.

Rex
02-23-2011, 02:25 AM
Liquefaction.


I think it's from water pipes that have been detroyed/broken

ETA: ^ this was from some photo captions. I'm sure there is also liquefaction, but some of the water looks pretty clean and pooled.

This registered lower on the Richter Scale than the Haiti quake. But there seems to be so much damage.

Angelskates
02-23-2011, 02:42 AM
Here's the updated story, and more good news mixed with all the tragedy.

Rescuers have freed a woman who was trapped under her desk in the rubble of a collapsed office building in Christchurch for more than 23 hours. (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8215030/scores-trapped-in-christchurch-quake-debris)

Baby rescued from dead mother's arms (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8215045/baby-rescued-from-dead-mothers-arms)

(((((Christchurch)))))

barbk
02-23-2011, 03:40 AM
This registered lower on the Richter Scale than the Haiti quake. But there seems to be so much damage.

In the Northridge Quake there was sever damage around Northridge, and severe damage in Santa Monica (15-18 mile away) and yet some of the intervening areas didn't have a lot of damage. We were told that a lot of it had to do with the type of soils and the shallowness of the quake. The NZ quake was apparently relatively shallow, which tends to cause more damage. I don't know whether the ground under Christchurch is the kind that is subject to liquefaction. (The same problem that caused the awful collapses in the Marina district in the October '89 Loma Prieta earthquake.)

Rex
02-23-2011, 03:48 AM
In the Northridge Quake there was sever damage around Northridge, and severe damage in Santa Monica (15-18 mile away) and yet some of the intervening areas didn't have a lot of damage. We were told that a lot of it had to do with the type of soils and the shallowness of the quake. The NZ quake was apparently relatively shallow, which tends to cause more damage. I don't know whether the ground under Christchurch is the kind that is subject to liquefaction. (The same problem that caused the awful collapses in the Marina district in the October '89 Loma Prieta earthquake.)

How frightening.

UMBS Go Blue
02-23-2011, 05:13 AM
The Grand Chancellor (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708226) Hotel is where I stayed when I visited Christchurch, Lyttleton, and Canterbury for a few days once. It's now teetering precariously. :(

(((Kiwis and all those affected))) :(

Ozzisk8tr
02-23-2011, 05:56 AM
This registered lower on the Richter Scale than the Haiti quake. But there seems to be so much damage.

That's because it was only 5km from the surface. The deeper the quake less intense the shaking is at ground level.

FGRSK8
02-23-2011, 03:44 PM
There are a couple of kiwis I know down there I am trying to get in contact with....

zaphyre14
02-23-2011, 04:09 PM
I've just heard that my NZ friends are safe; they're some distance from Christchurch and are now anxiously waiting for word on family and friends there.

Garden Kitty
02-23-2011, 04:22 PM
a NZ cyclist retweeted this pic of Christchurch from just after the earthquake (http://i.imgur.com/0vZbD.jpg)

milanessa
02-23-2011, 04:36 PM
a NZ cyclist retweeted this pic of Christchurch from just after the earthquake (http://i.imgur.com/0vZbD.jpg)

Incredible.

skatesindreams
02-23-2011, 06:13 PM
I hope that more survivors will be found,

((((((Christchurch))))))

Garden Kitty
06-13-2011, 05:42 PM
A couple of 5.0 and 6.0 earthquakes hit Christchurch again, (http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/13/new.zealand.quakes/index.html?hpt=wo_c2) causing some more property damage, but reportedly no life threatening injuries.