Monday General Debate – #eqnz edition

Feel free to report your own experiences, or highlight anything in the media.

And yes, it is a General Debate, so you don’t even have to talk about the quakes.

UPDATE: This journalist, clearly decent, trained and skilled could apply to work for the Herald.



UPDATE: A reader emails

Morning Cameron,

Interesting that the Wellington won’t function fully today, one of the reasons being is that the rail system understandably has to be checked out for issues such as rail alignment. Commuters have been told to stay home because there aren’t enough buses to cope.

Interesting that the buses can operate but the rail is stuffed. A lesson for Auckland?


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  • Teletubby
    • Certainly breathtaking:

      “Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4,851 people. It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia. The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3,302 kilometers (2,066 miles) from Melbourne. This suggests that the path of the quake is along the southern part of Australia.”

      • thor42

        Hilarious! The people in Seddon can claim Aussie pay rates now……

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        Probably the quake was also the cause of all the instability in Canberra as well.

  • “This evening’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake released energy equivalent to 100 nuclear bombs of the size which devastated Hiroshima, scientists say.

    GNS Research seismologist Stephen Bannister said the quake, which was centred in the Cook Strait, 20 kilometres east of Seddon at a depth of 17 kilometres, was one of more than more than 230 earthquakes recorded in the area since Friday, with about 15 rating above magnitude 4.

    It was likely linked to a fault in the Cook Strait capable of generating far more severe shaking, GNS Science said.

    Dr Kelvin Berryman, GNS Science director of Natural Hazards, said the severe shaking over the past three days was probably linked to one of several faults capable of generating shakes of magnitude 7.0 or more.”

    Someone people are having the time of their life. 100 nuclear bombs, no less.

    • blokeintakapuna

      “Unsafe trip hazard – all out on strike until this is sorted – and NO one allowed to cross the picket line – especially the repair crew!”

  • GazzW

    Major civil defence emergency and the entire Wellington rail system can’t function.

    Comments please Len Brown (and the greens) on the frailties of rail.

    • Public transport eh? Fabulous stuff…I believe in public transport…its for other people to use.

      • Something you and Len agree on! Perhaps there is hope after all.

  • thor42

    I actually had a reasonable night’s sleep here in Wgtn. If there were any quakes during the night, I didn’t feel them.

    I have a *huge* amount of sympathy for those in Christchurch and all they’ve been through in the last couple of years or so. Hang in there, everyone down there…..

    • Betty Swallocks

      Thanks for the thought Thor, and good luck with the rebuild – the Christchurch one should be starting any year soon. I’ve just moved back here after 6 months in Hamilton and as far as I can see the most positive thing that’s happened while I’ve been away is that the incompetent and greedy town clerk is in the process of being given the arse card.

      By the way, if Celia Weighed-Down needs a Mayoral hi-vis vest, I think Bob’s might be turning up on Trademe quite soon.

      • thor42

        Good stuff! Had to laugh at the reference to Celia Weighed-Down….. :D

    • Michael

      I got woken by the larger one at 3.15am and took a while to get to back to sleep. My kids want to know the magnitude of every aftershock.

      My office is munted, luckily I have my laptop at home over the weekend or I’d be on the next flight to Auckland…

  • johnbronkhorst

    Google earth is ssssooo useful!!!

  • Random66

    We live on the outskirts of Hamilton (Cambridge side) and we felt the earthquake at just after 5 yesterday. I first noticed a large mirror moving and then looked up and saw the lights swinging. Then both my daughter and I actually felt small movement beneath our feat. Our swimming pool water was the most telling sign as it was really churned up and was sloshing over the edges. I figured then something significant had happened somewhere. Our thoughts are with those sitting right on top of this thing.

  • Perfo

    If there is a fault in the Cook Strait, is this a warranty issue that the government should take up with the Waitangi Commission?

  • sheppy

    My other half was out walking on the upper harbour shore yesterday. One moment super smooth and amazing reflections, the next ripples with nothing obvious to cause them. Only really noticed when we looked at the photos. Both pics stunning though

  • unitedtribes

    And just to think some fool was going to put an oil drilling platform here.

  • Agent BallSack

    Great town planning…for a city thats likely to be devastated due to earthquake.

    The council emergency call centre, in the sixth floor of the council building, was shut down because the building was too unsafe for staff. The phone lines were diverted while a temporary space was found to move staff to.

    • LabTested

      That would be funny if it was not so stupid.

    • Teletubby

      Don’t forget that is the sixth floor of the council building that is on either reclaimed land or land that was upthrust in a prior earthquake ( i’m not sure which it is there). What fucking rocket scientist came up with that idea?

  • blokeintakapuna

    Was just pouring a martini at the time. Didn’t feel it at all – so it wasn’t shaken and needed stirring…

  • AngryTory

    Surely this shows it is well past time to give up on Wellington? It’s always been a case of “when” not “if”.

    Time for Key to show real leadership: move the core government functions to Auckland, and take the opportunity this presents for a great downsizing and contracting out of the “whole of government” as the Wellingtonians love to say.

    • Agent BallSack

      No, but when Rangitoto explodes killing everyone north of Bombay we may consider it.

      • LabTested

        Not Auckland please. It’s too crowded here. Punish the politicians & Civil Servants by relocating the lot to P.North

      • rockape

        The mistake was for NZ to not have the seat of Government in Westminister UK.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      And turn Auckland into a Labour supporting basketcase filled with troughers? You can have all the public servants if you want them. Be careful what you wish for, my friend.

  • Chris

    Why is all the reporting about fucking Wellington? People in Seddon are having a hell of a time and hardly get a mention. One tiny fraction of the reporting on yahoo and probably about the sum of what Seddon was given:

  • Mediaan

    Some commenters have made comment all all trains, because the rail is out today. That’s because some moron built it on a fragile reclaimed edge of the harbour. Any conceivable emergency, it is going to be blocked or crumbled away.

    There is one (1) exit route out of Wellington. It s built in the most vulnerable spot possible.

    The no-go train (and bus) service reflects the stupidity of the sole Wellington exit rail and bus route, not anything in inherent in public transport.

  • Allan

    I quite like the message on the Dom post this morning

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Wellywoodies seem to be having anxiety attacks because nobody is taking much notice other than the Media. Look at us, look at us, we had an earthquake.
    How is Seddon?
    If most of Wellington did not go to work for 4 weeks, the rest of NZ would not notice or care. Your security blanket is where you left it last time you had a sook.