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Christchurch Earthquake

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  • Added on: January 27th, 2011
What's up with that? Has anyone been to Christchurch since the quake in September? I was considering heading there in a few years. Seems like a good starting point to seeing the south island of New Zealand. I'm sure by the time I head there things will be back in order. Also, Wiki says it's a gateway to Antarctica. What's the deal with that? Any travelers done that?
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  • Added on: January 27th, 2011
I have family there. The subdivision where they live is awaiting word on whether it is to be rebuilt or demolished. Some houses are uninhabitable. Mostly services are back on.
One main issue for all of them has been the recurring aftershocks. They are still going on. Sometimes still magnitude 5, which is a bit of a rock!

That said my hubby has travelled down there since the big one for a conference and managed to get around OK.

Let's face it, earthquakes are going to happen in this part of the world. Perhaps a volcanic eruption too if you're really lucky ;)
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  • Added on: February 1st, 2011
It's kind of crazy though because I heard absolutely NOTHING about these quakes until I started doing my research and found out via Wikipedia. Really crazy to hear that they're still getting aftershocks too. I was reading about Home Reef and it just seems like there's so much volcanic activity lately in the pacific region.
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  • Added on: February 7th, 2011
Christchurch is my home town and while I haven’t lived there for a few years now, I still have a lot of friends and family there.

DavidAM wrote:It's kind of crazy though because I heard absolutely NOTHING about these quakes until I started doing my research and found out via Wikipedia.


That is because, unlike Haiti (which was actually a smaller quake) no one died in the Christchurch Earthquake (well, one guy had a heart attack during it but that wasn’t necessarily the quake’s fault…)
Also, unlike Haiti, the city came out relatively unscathed.
Yes, there was a fair amount of damage in the central city but it was mostly to older brick buildings and new poured-concrete apartment blocks - a large number of the city’s houses are timber framed houses, which just had a good wobble and bounced back into place. Out of everyone I know, only two people lost their homes, although quite a few had their chimneys fall over.

The reason for this is that Christchurch is built on an active fault line, so we were prepared (or as much as you can be for something like that).
All buildings must be built to fairly strict quake-safe codes, likewise everyone grows up knowing how to quake-safe their homes and how to respond in the event of a quake; it’s just something you learn in school, like learning how to swim out of a rip-tide or what to do when the fire alarm goes off.

I really wouldn’t worry about visiting Chch at all; most of the damage to roads, bridges, etc has been repaired already and while there are on-going aftershocks and some of them are getting up in the high 4s and occasionally you’ll get a 5, they aren’t cause for much concern; think of it as novelty experience… maybe we should build a theme park… Shaky World anyone?

Re: Antarctica… in theory chch is the gateway but to be honest, I don’t know anyone from Chch who has been… it’s not just a matter of booking a flight and booking into a hotel. I’d imagine if you have a Google you’ll find companies running tours there over the summer but I can’t imagine they’d be particularly cheap.

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  • Added on: February 21st, 2011
Well you might hear about the latest one....there's been some biggies this afternoon. This time lots of buildings are completely demolished (even the cathedral in part), people are dead and lots are still trapped as I write.
Then again, this is tiny NZ and can't be expected to make big news!
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  • Added on: February 21st, 2011
I did hear about the latest quake! It's just insane that they're still getting rocked by these. I realize they're in the ring of fire but... DAMN! I wonder if there will even be a South Island to visit when I want to head out there. Heh! I also imagine that we haven't heard much about these quakes because NZ is an established first world nation like the US so we figure they can take care of themselves unlike the people of Haiti who don't have as much in general. Still, I hope people are okay and stay strong through the suffering.
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  • Added on: February 22nd, 2011
Just read about it on Yahoo news, only news on my cheap satellite package here is CNN in Spanish which I never watch as I don't care for their prejudiced reporting.

Stayed at Hotel So in Christchurch when I was there last June, know they suffered some damage in the last one but see today their website says they aren't taking bookings. Too bad as it was a cool hotel.

Hope they get all the trapped people out & the death toll doesn't rise too much.
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  • Added on: March 28th, 2011
I suggest you just go to Australia and visit Sydney. You'll see a lot of awesome places there! I've been there and I enjoyed. Think of going to Australia instead of Christchurch. There are so many places near New Zealand to visit. So better research and explore other places as well :D
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  • Added on: April 1st, 2011
DavidAM wrote:Also, Wiki says it's a gateway to Antarctica. What's the deal with that? Any travelers done that?


Just saw this statement and thought I'd explain it for the curious. In short it is the gateway but not for tourists- rather any scientific expedition you will ever go on goes via Christchurch to Antarctica. You go on military planes that have special sled-wheels which have classified design and tourists can't go on them- you can however visit the Antarctic Center by the airport which is pretty nice and I recommend. :)

So yeah if you're a tourist hankering to go NZ is the wrong place to look for a ride, you have to catch a boat from Argentina instead.

Also was so sorry to hear about the Christchurch quake(s), so impossible to imagine NZ with such a great loss of life and the church tower toppled. :(

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  • Added on: April 1st, 2011
Andromeda wrote:Also was so sorry to hear about the Christchurch quake(s), so impossible to imagine NZ with such a great loss of life and the church tower toppled. :(


cathedral please;-) Don't let any locals hear you calling it a church!!!!
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