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    #921223 - 04/09/10 06:41 AM Earthquake near Christchurch
    Domestibot Offline
    stranger

    Registered: 19/04/10
    Loc: Peterborough, Ontario
    I just heard there was a huge Earthquake near Christchurch. Is everyone at Home of Poi okay?

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    #921224 - 04/09/10 07:38 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Domestibot]
    Flint_413 Offline
    Fire Artist and Hooper

    Registered: 08/07/09
    Loc: U.S.A
    I JUST SAW THIS!!! Idk, no tsunami warnings yet. But it was a 7.0 thats a BIG earthquake. MALCOLM! CAN YOU HEAR ME???? THE RESCUE TEAM IS COMING!!
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    #921243 - 04/09/10 11:07 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Flint_413]
    Seye Offline
    Geek

    Registered: 27/03/05
    Loc: Manchester, UK
    Just saw a clip of this on the BBC news. Not a great deal of detail other than some buildings have collapsed'. Hope everyone and everything is ok.

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    #921244 - 04/09/10 11:54 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Seye]
    Icarus Forde Offline
    Just Icarus//Spinner//Pyro//Geek

    Registered: 10/04/10
    Loc: New Zealand
    Flipping massive.

    I'm up in the North Island, several hundred kilometres away from Christchurch, and I felt these this morning.

    Buildings are down, there's two people critically injured (both 50 y/o males, one hit by a falling chimney and the other from falling glass).

    There's been about seven, if not more, aftershocks, some around the 3.0 mark, some around the 5.3 mark, but nothing lower than a 3.

    No water in most of the city, power's patchy at best, communications are in a state of disarray, particularly cell, since without power the cell sites are going onto battery power, and it's dropping down slowly. Thankfully, the two major telecoms in NZ are working together to restore power to each site, regardless of network affiliation, which is great.

    There's been a crapload of damage, sewage pipes have burst in some places, old buildings are decimated, the usual earthquake stuff... Nobody dead though, which is a real bonus. smile

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    #921247 - 04/09/10 12:59 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Icarus Forde]
    Malcolm Offline

    HOP admin

    Registered: 18/11/03
    Loc: HOP
    I am pretty sure we will be all fine.
    Power is now on , after shocks happening as I type, and amazingly internet and phone line going at our home.

    We have been told to stay at home and that is what we are doing.

    We are all very shaken and emotional. We have plenty of stored water for a few days, and will be setting up a home made chemical toilet soon.

    Neighbors are all good.

    Very lucky at this stage. The hard part will be the clean up. And more importantly getting clean safe water and sewage checked and running again.

    The people of Christchurch are awesome and we will rise to the challenge required of us.
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    #921250 - 04/09/10 03:33 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Malcolm]
    the_mods_stole_my_name Offline
    travelling without moving

    Registered: 09/05/06
    Loc: Maghull, Liverpool
    I feel really lucky that I actually left Christchurch 2 days ago. I hope all you guys at HoP are doing o.k. (it was nice to meet you Malcolm btw!)

    I was in Twizel when it hit and it most definitely woke me up. I'm in Dunedin right now, but I may head back up to Christchurch to see if I can help in any clean up operation that takes place. I've heard that the city centre is closed off at the moment though, so I'll wait and see what the news says before making the journey back there.
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    #921251 - 04/09/10 04:00 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Malcolm]
    spark1 Offline
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    Registered: 02/06/07
    Glad to hear y'all are okay & families too. Good luck w/ the cleanup, grew up in Southern California, well familiar w/ the mess a solid tembler can leave behind.
    Spark Winters,
    Texas

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    #921253 - 04/09/10 06:02 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: spark1]
    FireTom Offline
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    Registered: 20/09/03
    Yey - you're okay hug very good to hear... when I came aware of it I been so tired that I only managed to mumble into the keyboard...

    All the best - thinking of you guys
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    #921258 - 04/09/10 08:11 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: FireTom]
    Birgit Offline
    had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much

    Registered: 27/01/05
    Loc: Edinburgh
    Hello again... just quickly checking in to see if everyone's ok, and apparently you are. Phew!!!!

    Sending lots of love and energy for the cleanup.

    hug
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    #921275 - 05/09/10 05:25 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Birgit]
    G4dget Offline
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    Registered: 05/08/06
    Loc: Kansas City, KS
    Glad to hear everyone is ok and doing well. Lots of Love to you all and I hope everything gets back to normal soon for you all.
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    #921276 - 05/09/10 05:29 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: G4dget]
    Pele Offline

    the henna lady

    Registered: 15/12/00
    Loc: WNY, USA
    :MASSIVE HUGS:

    I'm glad all is well with you and the fam.
    Hope the other HoPpers there faired out as well, and HQ.

    You are all strong and I know healing will come to your lovely city and it will be as grand as ever. <3

    LOVE YOU!
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    #921279 - 05/09/10 06:36 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Pele]
    Flint_413 Offline
    Fire Artist and Hooper

    Registered: 08/07/09
    Loc: U.S.A
    Hang in there Malcolm. We're sending you good vibes. Sounds as if everything will be okay its just gonna really suck for awhile frown WE LOVE YOU!!
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    #921367 - 06/09/10 06:25 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Flint_413]
    georgemc Offline
    Sitting down facing forward . . .

    Registered: 16/10/06
    Loc: Christchurch
    2 days after the event and things are starting to get back to normal. Yesterday outside of the CBD most of the food-type places that would normally be open were. The exception was the large mall where shop keepers were in cleanup mode and no customers were allowed in.

    Schools have been closed to at least Wednesday (the boys love that!), but Canty university is closed for the week while they assess all the health and safety aspects.

    It seems that most of the damaged buildings were the old brick ones, where the old mortar seemed to crumble under the violent shaking. Old wooden houses are mostly ok except for those with brick fireplaces where many of them have fallen off sometimes taking things out in the process and sometimes not.

    and boy was it violent! My wife & I were "cowering" in the bedroom doorway - I say cowering because we couln't stand. You know when you stand on a ships deck in rough seas you can stand ok by absorbing the rock and roll by flexing your legs?, well I was trying but it was impossibe and for several full minutes (seemed like about 15mins solid) we were thrown around at the mercy of nature. It was the roughest and scariest thing I have ever encountered (and I don't frighten easily)!

    And the shaking continues. The aftershocks were expected to taper off by dawn this morning but even now as I type we are still having very strong aftershocks (4+ on the richter scale). The cat has been freaked out and in hiding for the last 2 days and only appeared in the last few hours. Within a few minutes of turning up there was another aftershock and he was straight back under the bed for another few hours!

    In fact if anything the aftershocks seem to be increasing currently instead of tapering off.

    But, everyone is alive - one exception - one gentleman died of a heart attack. But given the earthquake was the same scale as the Haiti one, we have been very lucky. Everything else is just money now.

    The most amazing thing I thought was the people checking up on us to see if we were ok - the first 3 people who contacted me were from London, Kuwait and Nepal! And then the NZ people started checking. The modern world is indeed a wonderful place from that perspective.

    thanks for all the support folks. hug
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    #921368 - 06/09/10 06:36 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: georgemc]
    FireTom Offline
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    Registered: 20/09/03
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    #921375 - 06/09/10 11:57 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: georgemc]
    Seye Offline
    Geek

    Registered: 27/03/05
    Loc: Manchester, UK
    Originally Posted By: georgemc
    The most amazing thing I thought was the people checking up on us to see if we were ok - the first 3 people who contacted me were from London, Kuwait and Nepal! And then the NZ people started checking. The modern world is indeed a wonderful place from that perspective.

    That comment just reminded me of this...
    http://xkcd.com/723/

    Glad to hear everyone is ok :-)

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    #921377 - 07/09/10 12:07 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Seye]
    Icarus Forde Offline
    Just Icarus//Spinner//Pyro//Geek

    Registered: 10/04/10
    Loc: New Zealand
    Two more big ones hit within the last half hour... 5.2 and 5.4 respectively. They're in for a long night, I think... *sigh*

    Blessings and prayer to anyone who's down there.

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    #921379 - 07/09/10 12:19 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Icarus Forde]
    Mr_Chutney Offline
    Tosser

    Registered: 18/04/03
    Loc: Herefordshire
    Take care all- glad you're all OK.

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    #929400 - 22/02/11 03:11 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Mr_Chutney]
    Neon_Shaolin Offline
    hehe, 'Member' huhuh

    Registered: 13/07/05
    Loc: Behind you. With Jam
    It happened again.

    A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island, causing widespread minor damage and power cuts

    BBC NEWS

    Herald Sun

    Daily Telegraph

    Hope you guys are okay.
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    #929401 - 22/02/11 03:24 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Neon_Shaolin]
    Brenn Offline
    Will carpal your tunnel in a minute.

    Registered: 28/06/04
    Loc: Melbourne, Australia
    HoP staff,

    Please let us know you are ok. Thinking of you.

    Regards,

    Brendan.
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    #929412 - 22/02/11 06:57 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Brenn]
    Ash3s Offline
    member

    Registered: 08/02/11
    Loc: Durban South Africa
    My cousin lives in Christchurch frown Haven't heard anything from him as yet. All you New Zealanders take care!

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    #929414 - 22/02/11 07:00 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Ash3s]
    FireTom Offline
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    Registered: 20/09/03
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    #929422 - 22/02/11 08:10 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: FireTom]
    Kit Offline
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    Registered: 22/01/04
    Loc: middle of Troon
    Not again! Hope everyones okay x. *love*
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    #929423 - 22/02/11 08:12 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Kit]
    Kit Offline
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    Registered: 22/01/04
    Loc: middle of Troon
    The news is scaring me. Praying for you all xx
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    #929426 - 22/02/11 10:15 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Kit]
    _Poiboy_ Offline
    bastard child of satan

    Registered: 12/01/04
    Loc: Raanana, Israel
    I really hope everything is ok for you guys. hug

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    #929427 - 22/02/11 10:18 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: _Poiboy_]
    =Flashpoint= Offline
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    Registered: 01/09/04
    Loc: in the interwebs...
    Yeah, let us know you're all OK, OK?

    hug
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    #929431 - 22/02/11 10:39 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: =Flashpoint=]
    Malcolm Offline

    HOP admin

    Registered: 18/11/03
    Loc: HOP
    All at HoP are OK. Many are not frown
    A very sad day today for us all.

    grouphug
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    #929432 - 22/02/11 11:03 PM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Malcolm]
    _Clare_ Offline
    Still wiggling

    Registered: 22/10/02
    Loc: Belfast
    Thinking about you all...

    So sorry to hear the news this morning.

    Take care xx
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    #929440 - 23/02/11 04:34 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: _Clare_]
    drhell Offline
    stranger

    Registered: 09/10/07
    Loc: Moscow, Russia
    Glad to know you all are fine!

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    #929441 - 23/02/11 04:58 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: drhell]
    Mand Offline
    Keeper of the Spitfire

    Registered: 24/10/03
    Loc: Calgary Canada
    Glad to hear that everyone at HoP is ok.
    Big hugs Malcolm and George. Stay safe.
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    #929444 - 23/02/11 06:09 AM Re: Earthquake near Christchurch [Re: Domestibot]
    Indica Offline
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    Registered: 03/12/07
    Loc: Scotland
    healing and strength to you and all your people of Christchurch..Lesley .....Scotland

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