The shaky isles

It’s been a few days of shake, rattle and roll in Wellington. And that goes for the ground as well as people’s nerves.

Around 40 kilometres south of Wellington and about 20 kilometres down, the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates have been rubbing up against each other – both sideways and up and down – and as a result the centre of the country has wobbled noticeably twice since Friday with quakes registering on the Richter Scale at 5.8 on Friday morning and 6.5 on Sunday afternoon.

The depth and distance from Wellington were the city’s saving grace.

Today many businesses told staff to stay at home while buildings were checked for structural damage. The good thing is that, as the day has progressed, there seems to be little serious damage so life will return to relative normality tomorrow.

Even better news – I think – is that the chance of another big shake is down to only 10%.

Quakes recorded over the last few days

Quakes recorded over the last few days

Quakes recorded on Sunday 21 July including the 6.5 tremor we felt

Quakes recorded on Sunday 21 July including the 6.5 tremor we felt

2 thoughts on “The shaky isles

  1. We’ve been keeping an eye on the various tremors in Italy. I see there was one in Marche a few days ago and I suspect you felt the one in the Fivizzano area in June.

    The good thing to come out of a few shakes here is a heightened preparedness – supermarkets have experienced a run on bottled water and canned foods. In fact we added to that rush and now have the semblance of an emergency kit.

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