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Shaken and stirred

aftershocks on 4th September colour coded in order of magnitude

Those of you who checked out this blog over the weekend may have noticed my twitter box was overrun by earthquake updates.  MD and SB, Bro etc were in the middle of the Christchurch earthquake zone. They were shaken – we were stirred up by worry. So instead of spending the weekend doing Uni assignments and getting stressed about my scan results on Tuesday (tomorrow) the weekend was taken over by awaiting news from them. 

MD rang as soon as the quake struck – even after living away from home for a year her first instinct was to call her mother.  She was without power for 36 hours but no damage was done to her house at the army camp thank goodness.  Bro had minor breakages at his house in suburban Christchurch.

They have had approximately 70 aftershocks that have registered on Geonet since the initial quake , 7.4 magnitude at 4.35am NZtime 4th September,  to make it more obvious to me where they were in relation to all the aftershocks I created images using Google Earth and the data from Geonet. The image above was the image of the 34 aftershocks to midnight (NZ time) on the 4th.

aftershocks on the 5th to 7.10pm
aftershocks on the 5th to 7.10pm colourcoded in order of magnitude

 

 
This image is purely the aftershocks felt yesterday (5th). The yellow push-pin in the centre of all the aftershocks is MD – Bro is the turquoise push-pin. The colours of the balloon tags indicate magnitude white are 3 – 4, yellow are 4 – 4.5, pink 4.5 – 5 turquoise 5- 5.5
MD has felt almost all of these.  When she saw these images  on Facebook after she had her power back on her reaction was ” omg.. we are surrounded by them! it did feel like we were though.”
 
We got a phone call from YD’s house on the Saturday morning and had to reassure YD that although she was seeing pictures of houses falling down MD was ok. 
When we spent time with OD and YD on Sunday for Father’s Day we tried to explain to YD what aftershocks were, and that they weren’t big ones that were breaking more buildings but that the ground was still shaking.  To explain what it felt like for MD we held her leg at the top (while she was sitting down) and shook it hard enough to shake her whole body.   I showed YD these images too, saying that for each of the balloons MD would have got shaken. YD thought she was definitely glad not to be down in Christchurch experiencing that.
As I was saying to S via email these events have made it  even more evident that mothering doesn’t stop when you have no children living at home.  No matter how old they are, I am still a mother to my girls.
 
Anyway I had better get back to the uni assignment (due next week) that I have neglected all weekend.
I’m far too busy to worry about scan results LOL
 
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  1. BRO

     /  September 5, 2010

    Thanks for all you did – much appreciated down here !!

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