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Just thought I would give a general update.  I'm pretty sure anyone following the news about the 7.8 earthquake in NZ has heard of the damage that it caused in various places.  Near the epicenter, paddocks were ripped up leaving cows stranded on islands of land:

Cows-rescuued-619-386 by jojo22

The cows were rescued, and all of them will lead long lives, no going to any meatworks or anything, you will be glad to hear.

Furthermore, the seabed near the epicenter was pushed up by more than 2 metres in places.  So we've had a bunch of sea life dying because they are no longer in water, although people have tried to rescue some.  But the environment they are going back to won't be the same as the one they were living on, so yeah, whether they will survive is questionable:

1479428798466 by jojo22

It was amazing we lost only 2 human lives.  One from a house that collapsed, another from a heart attack due to the stress of the event.

The epicenter was the upper South Island, but there was quite a bit of damage in the lower North Island (Wellington, Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast).  Some buildings in Wellington have been pegged for demolition as a result.  This was also because the quake triggered a bunch of fault lines.  New Zealand basically experienced an earthquake storm - quakes were going off left, right and centre on both islands.

If you follow this link, you should be able to view a video that shows a timelapse in 30 seconds of the number of quakes that happened over a 48 hour period:

www.facebook.com/nzherald.co.n…

The aftershocks seem to have died down in intensity and number recently, at least where I am I do not feel so many anymore.  There have been a total of 1078 aftershocks to date.  But you know, everyone is aware that a big aftershock or even bigger quake is a possibility.  So we are a bit more relaxed, but still cautious. 

Response to the quake was also hampered by bad weather sweeping in, heavy rain that led to flooding.  This cut Wellington off for awhile, basically trapping people in a city that was constantly being rocked by aftershocks.

I think people would have spent quite a bit of money this week investing in, or padding out, emergency supplies, setting strategic plans for their homes.  I've done a lot of that sort of work.  My house is peppered with things I've moved down on to the ground.  I might just put some of that stuff in storage. 

I've been pretty quiet since the quake because it took a physical toll on my health.  I ended up with a painful swelling on the roof of my mouth, that affected my ability to eat and swallow and also caused the lymph nodes in my neck to swell up.  It began to develop within hours of the quake hitting.  By Wednesday I was off to the doctors, in tears of pain, then off to the dentist after that, who seemed all too ready to rip a couple of my teeth out even though he could find no evidence that my teeth had caused the issue. 

Luckily I did not go along with that, and still have my teeth! (All of which are perfectly fine, no pain associated with any of them).  With the aid of painkillers, antibiotics and a little bit of time, the swelling burst, deflated, the lymph nodes went down and I am pretty near back to normal now.  So yeah, that was pretty intense, and I was pretty miserable, like really miserable, for a few days there, hence why I haven't communicated much with people online (but have had some great support offline).

With events like this, even if people don't experience material loss, it does really traumatize them quite a bit, so I think there are quite a lot of us in NZ that have been quite shaken by these events, and that plays itself out through health and emotions over time.  Still going on high alert everytime I hear the house creak.  Sometimes you feel like the ground is wobbling underneath you when it is not. 
No details emerging about the epicenter yet or if any major damage has occurred.

Located in Levin.  Nothing fell off the shelves (found a number of things that almost had though), but it went on for a long time.

Ran outside (cat bolted first), could feel the earth wobbling under our feet like jelly, trees swaying.

Multiple car alarms went off around the town.

Have packed the car up with some emergency essentials and moved it relatively clear of any hazards.

Gonna be a bit hard getting to sleep tonight.  Very scary.

Update: Couple of small aftershocks have occurred.

Update: 12:57am Seems there have been a number of sizeable earthquakes in different parts of the country.  The big one appears to have been near Kaikoura, some more near Seddon, also one in Taihape (smaller).  We keep heading outside each time we feel a new shake, just in case it escalates.  Other people have said they've felt near continual shaking since midnight.  Outside, we were staring up at the sky and realized we were looking at the Supermoon.  Supermoon, are you causing these quakes?  Damn you supermoon!

(Ironically, someone was talking about the possibility of tidal waves and earthquakes being generated by Supermoons only a week ago, but assured us the scientists said such a thing would be unlikely - well apparently not).

Six severe quakes listed since midnight:

12.02am - 6.6 - Hamner Springs
12.16am - 5.6 - Culverden
12.24am - 5.6 - Kaikoura
12.32am - 6.2 - Kaikoura
12.33am - 5.5 - Seddon
12.41am - 5.6 - Seddon

There was one listed 55km West of my town at 12.33, 5.5, listed as strong.  Didn't really feel that one strongly.  Suspect the big one we felt was the 6.6 at Hamner.  A lot of rattled people in NZ at the moment.

Other quakes also reported in Taupo, Picton, Wellington, Pukekohe, Ohakune, Taumaranui - all within a 48 minute timespan.

Update: 2 metre Tsunami hits coast of Kaikoura, more waves expected.

Latest update - initial big quake has been upgraded to 7.5 magnitude.  This is similar to what they originally thought, then they dropped it to 6.6, but now we are back up around 7.5 (now up again to 7.8! - so I don't know why this is getting changed around by such a large amount, but there you go, it was much stronger than I initially reported.  There have been 3 earthquakes over magnitude 6 since then, the most recent one was 50 minutes ago (current time 3.22am).

Update - 8.27pm, Monday NZT.  Still feeling aftershocks sporadically.  I think everyone is still quite jittery, expecting to be feeling shakes for awhile.  Spent the day stocking up on emergency supplies and strategically locating stuff around the property.  Feeling very tired after not resting well last night.  Hope to rest better tonight.  Have hung a wind chime in my bedroom, which should wake us if another big one starts.

A dam was breached down south by one of the aftershocks.

Eh, getting sick of being on constant high alert.  Every time the house creaks, or you think you detect a wobbly feeling.  Is this another one?  Should we run outside?  We've had a couple of severe aftershocks in the last hour.
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Thanks most kindly again, dear JO!:hug:

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We've had problems with intermittent internet (at best) so firstly, sorry for a late reply   :ashamed:

The squirrel fave was nevertheless very much appreciated - thank you Jo  :squirrelwtf:   

   
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