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DomestibotGOLD Member
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6 posts
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada


Posted:
I just heard there was a huge Earthquake near Christchurch. Is everyone at Home of Poi okay?

Flint_413GOLD Member
Fire Artist and Hooper
181 posts
Location: U.S.A


Posted:
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!!

If you can't stand the heat, get out of my way.


SeyeSILVER Member
Geek
1,261 posts
Location: Manchester, UK


Posted:
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.

Icarus FordeBRONZE Member
Just Icarus//Spinner//Pyro//Geek
261 posts
Location: New Zealand


Posted:
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

MalcolmSAPPHIRE Member
HOP admin
1,056 posts
Location: New Zealand


Posted:
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.

May your balls always burn


the_mods_stole_my_nameSILVER Member
travelling without moving
1,286 posts
Location: Maghull, Liverpool, United Kingdom


Posted:
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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spark1GOLD Member
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1 post
Location: USA


Posted:
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,
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FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
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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BirgitBRONZE Member
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4,145 posts
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)


Posted:
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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KaspurGOLD Member
Eternal Student of all things Skill
110 posts
Location: Kansas City, KS, USA


Posted:
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.

Happiness runs in a circular motion!!



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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
: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!

Pele
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Flint_413GOLD Member
Fire Artist and Hooper
181 posts
Location: U.S.A


Posted:
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!!

If you can't stand the heat, get out of my way.


georgemcBRONZE Member
Sitting down facing forward . . .
2,387 posts
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand


Posted:
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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FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
hug

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SeyeSILVER Member
Geek
1,261 posts
Location: Manchester, UK


Posted:
Originally Posted By: georgemcThe 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...
https://xkcd.com/723/

Glad to hear everyone is ok :-)

Icarus FordeBRONZE Member
Just Icarus//Spinner//Pyro//Geek
261 posts
Location: New Zealand


Posted:
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.

Mr_ChutneySILVER Member
Tosser
1,712 posts
Location: Herefordshire, England (UK)


Posted:
Take care all- glad you're all OK.

Neon_ShaolinGOLD Member
hehe, 'Member' huhuh
6,120 posts
Location: Behind you. With Jam


Posted:
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.

"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock


BrennPLATINUM Member
Will carpal your tunnel in a minute.
3,286 posts
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Posted:
HoP staff,

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

Regards,

Brendan.

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Ash3sSILVER Member
member
161 posts
Location: Durban South Africa


Posted:
My cousin lives in Christchurch frown Haven't heard anything from him as yet. All you New Zealanders take care!

FireTomStargazer
6,650 posts

Posted:
grouphug s

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Kitveteran
1,269 posts
Location: middle of Troon


Posted:
Not again! Hope everyones okay x. *love*

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Kitveteran
1,269 posts
Location: middle of Troon


Posted:
The news is scaring me. Praying for you all xx

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_Poiboy_PLATINUM Member
bastard child of satan
1,113 posts
Location: Raanana, Israel


Posted:
I really hope everything is ok for you guys. hug

=Flashpoint=SILVER Member
Pasta of Muppets
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Location: in the interwebs..., United Kingdom


Posted:
Yeah, let us know you're all OK, OK?

hug

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MalcolmSAPPHIRE Member
HOP admin
1,056 posts
Location: New Zealand


Posted:
All at HoP are OK. Many are not frown
A very sad day today for us all.

grouphug

May your balls always burn


_Clare_BRONZE Member
Still wiggling
5,967 posts
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)


Posted:
Thinking about you all...

So sorry to hear the news this morning.

Take care xx

Getting to the other side smile


drhellDIAMOND Member
stranger
1 post
Location: Moscow, Russia


Posted:
Glad to know you all are fine!

MandSILVER Member
Keeper of the Spitfire
2,317 posts
Location: Calgary Canada


Posted:
Glad to hear that everyone at HoP is ok.
Big hugs Malcolm and George. Stay safe.

Lets steal a spaceship and head for the sun, and shoot the stars with a lemonade ray gun.


IndicaSILVER Member
addict
5 posts
Location: Scotland


Posted:
healing and strength to you and all your people of Christchurch..Lesley .....Scotland

Kitveteran
1,269 posts
Location: middle of Troon


Posted:
glad to hear your safe. so sorry that this has happened to you guys again, all our love x

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