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:
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:
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.