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Topic - Strong Earthquake-warning !!!!
Posted: May 15 2015 at 1:55am By KiwiMum
Flumom, I hope it does rupture, and while I'm young enough to enjoy it. I studied the Alpine Fault in a short course at the local university and find the whole thing fascinating. It's a fact of life in New Zealand that you get earthquakes. I don't think you ever get over the feeling of awe at the power of nature. 

The biggest quake I've been through was a 7.1 and it shook our whole house not just side to side, but up and down as well. How much power is needed to move an entire landmass. It was an amazing feeling and I didn't feel frightened until afterwards and we were scrambling to get out of the house at 4.35am in case another larger one came. There was so much movement that I was being thrown up and down on the bed, for about 45 seconds.

In the Feb 11 quake that killed 180 people in Christchurch, they pulled out the body of a young woman and her baby. She had been pushing her pushchair along Colombo Street and the parapets above smashed through the verandah and killed them both. It was exactly where I used to shop, near all the second hand bookshops and even now I think there, but for the grace of God, go I. It so easily could have been me and one of my babies. It's a sobering thought.