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ianwoodmore
July 21st, 2013, 12:44 AM
Well that was exciting. We've had a swarm of quakes out at sea off the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand. Probably 50 today following quite a few yesterday. The most severe a few minutes ago was 6.5 and in Wellington we bounced up and down for what seemed for ever. Now everytime there is an aftershock the adrenalin pumps and one dives for cover.

It's rush hour now and I bet all the trains have been cancelled as they will have to check the track and bridges.

Worse still, I was recovering Trainz from a bad update of nVidia graphics driver that didn't rollback properly. Been doing an ADR for a day and a half and quake crashed Trainz so got to re-enter CD Key, ID and password and start another ADR. Enough to make a saint swear.

Edit News report:

A fire service spokeswoman said the phone had been ringing off the hook, with power lines down, people trapped in lifts and multiple sprinkler activations in city buildings.
"We've had reports of damage to some buildings down town. We've got power lines that are coming down."
Every fire truck had been sent to jobs, she said: "We've got all of Wellington out now. And we've got jobs waiting to be addressed. We are prioritising jobs."

narrowgauge
July 21st, 2013, 01:05 AM
Ian

No wonder they call NZ 'The Shaky Islands'. Did it cause any structural damage for you? Mike Sutton, 'Sirgibby' lives in Stratford (I think). He would have copped it, I guess. Hope there are no more aftershocks. Keep us posted if more develops.

Peter

narrowgauge
July 21st, 2013, 01:11 AM
Ian

Just seen the map with the locations. They are not far off from Wellington, no wonder you got shaken.

Peter

ianwoodmore
July 21st, 2013, 01:30 AM
All flights cancelled in and out of airport indefinitely. Runway OK but some concern about navaids.
Many buildings in CBD have lost windows, and others masonry.
Containers toppled at wharf and interisland ferry was told not to berth. Big crack across one of the wharf surfaces.
Some structural damage to buildings including Beehive and Parliament buildings.
Supermarkets are going to have some cleanup to do.
Power out in some areas.
No reported injuries at this stage.
Fortunate it was Sunday evening and not a weekday. Else would have been many more people in CBD.

My place is some 15km out of CBD and doesn't look like I suffered any damage. It's dark now so can't do full inspection but don't see any internal cracks. Daughter and Granddaughter were here for dinner at time the major quake hit. Sent us moving fast for doors or under tables.

ATSF854
July 21st, 2013, 06:45 AM
oh earthquakes, how I hate you. if you get what I mean.
hope the earth didn't hear that.



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bendorsey
July 21st, 2013, 10:55 AM
I went through a few earthquakes when I was in Alaska. Not fun. I also went through Kodiak, AK about 6 months after that gigantic good friday quake. Not much left and everyone living in green (marine) plywood shacks. Hope everything turns out well for all of you down under.

Ben

Kiwi_Rail
July 21st, 2013, 02:51 PM
Welp, I'm sitting at home here in Manor park after they closed hutt workshops this morning for checks... this is actually giving me more trainz time lol.

William :)

jordon412
July 21st, 2013, 06:07 PM
Whenever people think of earthquakes in America, they normally think of the San Andreas Fault out in California. Well, the strongest earthquakes produced in the U.S. was produced in the New Madrid Fault Zone, which is named for the nearby town of New Madrid, MISSOURI. The earthquakes were about 9 to 9+ on the Ricther Scale. However, I live near the East Tennessee Rift Zone, an 'intercontinental fault zone' that stretches from northeastern Alabama, thru northwestern Georgia, and into southeastern Tennessee. An earthquake occurred several years ago in the early morning that was strong enough to break a natural gas line in Chattanooga. More recently, we had another earthquake, this time in the afternoon on a Sunday. I could actually hear it before I felt it. It was a low-pitch VOOOOOOOOOOOOOM. It seemed to me that instead of the earthquake occurring at one spot on the fault line, this one seemed to move; following the path that the fault runs. It was strong enough to give our home, and furniture, a good shaking, but we did not have any structural damage to our home. I must note that the first earthquake caused everybody in the house to wake up, except me. Obviously I sleep like a rock.

cascaderailroad
July 22nd, 2013, 02:45 AM
Everyday that I wake up, I thank my lucky stars that we are sitting on a stable portion of a thin crust of earth, less than 5 miles thick, on top of a magma core planet, that still has a nook-clear fusion furnace of lava inside.

higsy98
July 28th, 2013, 07:37 PM
I live near the Canadian shield so I think I'm good lol

PC_Ace
August 16th, 2013, 02:35 AM
Here we go again in Wellington at at the top of the South Island near Seddon.
http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/home/Latest+News
The railway lines are closed again for inspection after a 6.6 magnitude quake this afternoon followed by a swarm of hefty aftershocks, with one just an hour or so ago as big as 6.0 on the Richter Scale.
It's Friday night here right now and thousands of Wellington commuters are currently walking or hitching rides home after all trains were cancelled following the 6.6 shock.
Fortunately, there are no known injuries or deaths reported so far...
It's going to be another sleepless night on both sides of Cook Strait!
PC

PC_Ace
August 16th, 2013, 02:40 AM
Err - that's supposed to be "...in Wellington AND at the top of the South Island near Seddon". For some reason the edit facility wasn't working.
PC

ianwoodmore
August 16th, 2013, 02:52 PM
I was in Wellington Friday morning for a dental appointment but had gone home prior to the quake. When the quake struck later in the day I was driving my car in Tawa just north of the city. My car seemed to be driving strangely. It felt like it was wallowing on a flat tire and/or a shock absorber was bust. I didn't realise at the time that the car was reacting to a road surface that was moving. There was no obvious external 'I am an earthquake' indication. It was only when I got to the pharmacy a few minutes later and saw the white faced trembling shop assistant that I discovered I had been driving my car during a 6.6 earthquake with two >5 immediately after. In the 3.5 hours following there were at least 77 aftershocks of which 11 were greater than magnitude 5.

The All Blacks' test with the Wallabies next weekend is under threat after today's 6.6 magnitude earthquake which rocked central New Zealand.
The Rugby Championship test is due to take place at Wellington's Westpac Stadium tomorrow week, however, the venue will have to undergo a thorough inspection before the match can be given the go ahead.
The stadium has been closed for the weekend with a major dinner event and an illuminate paint party cancelled.
"We will have engineers through doing inspections as soon as we can, so we can have sign off for the test,'' marketing manager Steven Thompson told Fairfax Media.
The process used was the same one for the previous earthquake, he said.

In the meantime the Trainz DLS has finally regurgitated the hundreds of stuck assets and allowed me to download them and get on with my repairs and testing. It used to be every weekend but now the dreaded lurgy hits any old time just like the quakes. It is disappointing that we suffer so much from a DLS with constipation. I recommend a dose of Andrews Liver Salts, a stick of black liquorice and a jar of prunes. An unwell DLS results in a grumbling forum and in the long term is not good for Trainz.

Jeranthesteamengine
August 17th, 2013, 02:02 AM
Honestly, im sick of these EQ's. when the first "big one" hit, i grabed the cat and droped my laptop! because of my dropping in a panic, i did damage and have lost four of my recent routes :'( i lost: Kenepuru-Paekakariki, Suberbun rail, Woburn workshops and the Jville line. I was just starting on Kenepuru, so i'll start again. Sub railway was an experiment so im re-building it from the start. Woburn and Jville.... I HAD JUST FINISHED AND THEN LOST!!!!! :'(:'( *sigh* i guess i got start again untill yesterdays hit and this i grabed my computer and hid under my desk at school! and gave my compu- oh goody an aftershake! anyway i gave my computer the blue screen! thankfully i had everything backed up this time :D so thankfully i havent lost my new route! well i hope other wellingtonians reading this have had no damage or injury and i wish all wellingtonians best of luck getting through this!!!!
Cheers Jeran

cascaderailroad
August 17th, 2013, 04:40 AM
Keep us informed of your conditions where you are

Bill69
August 17th, 2013, 05:06 AM
Had another one 5.5 at 8.58 p.m. NZ time. No damage here but enough to give us a bit of a shakeup and slop some water out of my fish pond.

Cheers,
Bill69

Kiwi_Rail
August 17th, 2013, 07:04 AM
There's nothing you can do about them so no real point in being negative - I was on the loco stands (scaffolding basically) at the time and it was definitely an interesting experience... there was a DFT on the 100t crane too - one would think it was a toy. but hey, I enjoyed my Friday arvo off work.

William :hehe:

GeorgeCW
August 18th, 2013, 02:15 AM
Ian, have you guys thought about moving to San Francisco area, you'd only have to deal with them about every five years or so. Knock on Wood!

Jeranthesteamengine
August 18th, 2013, 08:54 PM
I was reading in "stuff", that there expecting another huge shock some time this week! :\

bentrain14
August 18th, 2013, 09:04 PM
I live straight in the heart of tornado ally but luckily all the bad stuff goes around our city thank the lord and we have had many close encounters. If something were to hit my computer and take all my work I dont know what id do.

ulmer94
August 18th, 2013, 09:45 PM
If something were to hit my computer and take all my work I dont know what id do.

Mankind survived and thrived for many, many, many moons before computers were even thought of, and much as they are very nice and useful (and host a very nice simulator ;) ), they aren't essential. I'm sure you could find something to do. :p
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Y'all down there in NZ stay safe.

ianwoodmore
August 19th, 2013, 12:56 AM
GeorgeCW,

I spent 6mths at Moffet Naval Base when we first got P3s back in 1966.
Didn't suffer from quakes, but I found spin doctors were wrong about it being fine all the time.
When I was courting my wife there I had to scrape ice off the windscreen, and it was often foggy in the morning.
We would call into Stanford shopping centre on the weekends, pick up some lunch and head for Half Moon Bay.
Ah! Them were the days.

GeorgeCW
August 19th, 2013, 08:49 PM
Ian; See you liked the California sunshine too. P3's were a good plane. Flew A4's myself. Did you ever get a chance to do SP's Coast route?

ianwoodmore
August 20th, 2013, 12:56 PM
Images of quake damage to South Island rail near epicentre.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9062972/Rail-gang-fixes-quake-damage (http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9062972/Rail-gang-fixes-quake-damage)

deneban
September 14th, 2013, 08:01 AM
Images of quake damage to South Island rail near epicentre.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9062972/Rail-gang-fixes-quake-damage (http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/9062972/Rail-gang-fixes-quake-damage)

Too bad they can't just press "smooth spline"

cascaderailroad
January 17th, 2014, 11:17 PM
Was there an eartquake in LA the other day ?
Related: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn4t13uxJFQ

9000DOLLAR
June 15th, 2014, 12:21 AM
Sorry to hear that you New Zealanders are going through earthquakes right now. I hope there isn't any flooding going on. ( I HATE FLOODWATER! [I also know how stressful it can be]) If an earthquake is anything like a hurricane, I know what you're going through, and it isn't pretty.

ATSF854
June 18th, 2014, 12:14 PM
bit of a bump there.

btw earthquakes are def not like hurricanes. I know from rather, intense experience.

9000DOLLAR
June 18th, 2014, 03:04 PM
bit of a bump there.

btw earthquakes are def not like hurricanes. I know from rather, intense experience.

You were there when that huge earthquake hit? I hope everything is back to normal over there. (It takes forever for hurricane damage to be fixed)

ATSF854
June 19th, 2014, 12:22 AM
yes. In fact it's impressive how everything has been fixed in a matter of just 3 years. You wouldn't be able to tell it happened in most areas unless you observed the heavily tilted and dead trees.

Fender849
June 27th, 2014, 11:10 PM
I am currently living in temporary accomodation while my house is being repaired as a result of the huge Feb 2011 earthquake and at least 10,000 aftershocks which occured over the following two years. I can honestly say I felt every one of them as mostly only 5 - 10km deep. While the experience was truly frightening, I am now finding dealing with the aftermath,i.e. Insurance companies and builders far more frightening and stessful - and I am one of the lucky ones at that ! I have continued with Trainz modelling while all this going on, as it helps releive the stress.
Cheers, Fender :)

9000DOLLAR
June 28th, 2014, 12:42 AM
Sorry to hear that, it's always stressful to go through a natural disaster. Everything gets wrecked and changed so much that one doesn't even recognise the place, also completely ruining daily routine. From a guy that doesn't like any sort of change in routine, I know what that's like.

Also, with the issue of builders, MAKE SURE THEY ARE LICENSED AND TRUSTWORTHY. After a big disaster is when fraud of that type spikes.
Scammers will use every oppertunity to use a disaster to their advantage.

L_DOG
August 19th, 2014, 02:34 PM
It would be a good Idea if you get the Heck out of New Zealand as they will continue..your living on the edge of a Plate thats in motion.

cascaderailroad
August 19th, 2014, 03:05 PM
You bumped this to tell someone to "move" ? How inconsiderate of someone homeland !

You can run ... but you can't hide ... a tornado, forest fire, or hurricane could come your way, at anytime.

Quick everybody ... Move away from the Earths tectonic plates ... Oh, that's right ... we all live on one that is moving ... and shale oil fracking in Tenn might cause an earthquake, right in your own backyard :o

jordon412
August 25th, 2014, 08:32 PM
I heard on the news about the magnitude 6 earthquake that happened in the area around Napa, California yesterday. How's everybody doing? Did any damage occur in the area?

jkinzel
August 29th, 2014, 11:39 PM
Napa earthquake.
http://www.cnet.com/news/drone-tours-napa-earthquake-damage/

I live on an island in lower Puget Sound, Washington Stateand we have earthquakes almost every day, but 99% are in the 1 to 2.5 range andfairly deep so they are seldom felt. Still waiting for the big one.
http://pnsn.org/earthquakes/recent

john2002
March 29th, 2015, 08:34 AM
I Also Imagine A 100ft Tidal Wave Caused By The Earthquake Hitting Your House. I'm Not Being Mean I'm Just Showing What Can Happen Next.

cascaderailroad
March 29th, 2015, 09:13 AM
I Also Imagine A 100ft Tidal Wave Caused By The Earthquake Hitting Your House. I'm Not Being Mean I'm Just Showing What Can Happen Next.
7 months later ... then this bump ... What, Why ???
Please think before you post
SPSF - Shouldn't Post So Fast

cascaderailroad
April 17th, 2015, 01:44 PM
I need to converse with knowledgeable people in CA, Eastern,and Midwestern US States, about how full their drinking water reservoirs are in % of full.

I have heard that some CA reservoirs are less than 7% full, and drinkling water will be by store bought bottles of spring water, sinks will run dry, or be contaminated, boiling water will be insufficient means of purifying tap water, and toilets will not flush due to low water level.

I want everyone to look at their reservoir water level, or inform me of what percentage they are full.

This summers drought will surely cause drastic food price spikes, and the CA cantaloupe capitol of the US is now a just dust bowl, as all the crops failed, when the SP RR aqueduct was severed, after 150 years of a free agricultural water supply.

How full is your reservoir ?

cascaderailroad
April 17th, 2015, 02:04 PM
Is this true, that lack of snow this winter has caused an early spring drought:

http://pppre.s3.amazonaws.com/3374793288e5880f/b/2f64d4e0ad924412a22ea53464f7d3dd.jpg

http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/12/files/2015/03/caldrought.jpg

http://www.houseboatmagazine.com/Images/gallery/2937_1600.jpg

https://rosemarywashington.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/image_7269.jpg

Livestock and feed prices will surely become astronomical due to low water supplies, gasoline prices will rise past $5.00 gal, $1.99 hamburger will soon be $5.00 lb ... shredded cheese previously $1.19 will be $4.00 lb ... all due to lack of snow melt runoff

iannz
June 1st, 2015, 09:50 PM
Another Earthquake for NZ last night, this time just a 4.7 located 7km deep and 30km inland of Dunedin. Bit of a wakeup call for Dunedinites though, they don't experience many down that way - in fact the strongest felt there since 1974. Dunedin Railway will be checking the Middlemarch line for any rock falls and track movement Im sure to be on the safe side, the mainline south wont be effected.

Roy3b3
July 14th, 2015, 08:10 PM
Well, I don't have to report an earthquake, but I did happen to find an interesting site that had an article (with photos) called "A Life on the Rails".
It was on today's 'Atlas Obscura' website that anyone can subscribe to. Here's the link,... hope you like it!
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-life-on-the-rails-the-dedication-of-railroad-tourists?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura&utm_campaign=fa8a652bb4-7_13_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62ba9246c0-fa8a652bb4-60261265&ct=t%287_13_2015%29&mc_cid=fa8a652bb4&mc_eid=80a845c2bb

Cheers,
Roy3b3

kamran
October 26th, 2015, 10:43 AM
today we hit by a strong earth quake of 8.7 magnitude but thanks god not a major disaster happened like it happened back in 2005 when 7.6 earthquake hits and almost 40000 people dies

AJ_Fox
November 2nd, 2015, 01:54 AM
My deepest condolences to those that have suffered losses.

Cheers

AJ

GIRAUD
November 15th, 2015, 04:20 AM
Hello from France,

Yesterday 14 of november afternoon , a testing TGV on the eastern high speed line Under construction (previous public opening in the first months of 2016) has crashed during a test circulation, leave the track at about 350 km/h and fly over a little canal ... 10 railmen died, and others wounded among the 49 who where aboard. The cause of this first Deadly crash of a TGV since its beginin in 1981 is not yet known..


Some pictures from the french press:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/11062933_908146995973475_1954094140080130522_n_zps bemunhnd.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/11062933_908146995973475_1954094140080130522_n_zps bemunhnd.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/12227809_908147192640122_3420438299509393016_n_zps qkttcgln.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/12227809_908147192640122_3420438299509393016_n_zps qkttcgln.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/2_zpsdzyyx3gc.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/2_zpsdzyyx3gc.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/5_zpsqefra9q5.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/5_zpsqefra9q5.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/9_zpszbvojidj.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/9_zpszbvojidj.jpg.html)

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/10_zpsioit14eu.jpg (http://s304.photobucket.com/user/Marcoluiggi_Papytrainz/media/10_zpsioit14eu.jpg.html)

Sad days in France, Marc

pdkoester
November 15th, 2015, 12:14 PM
you think it might be someone or some group related to the other things that happened recently? it seems very suspicious to me...

GIRAUD
November 15th, 2015, 02:51 PM
Apologize if it is not the correct thread for this kind of information, but I did not find a place for that....

If sombody have a better idea , he could move to the right place this post... Even if it could be considered as an earthquake in the world of TGV....


Marc

Promagstyles
January 26th, 2016, 05:43 PM
Well here's a shocker to everyone who is reading this thread. Indeed we are not alone in this Universe!

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/train-derailments-1

iannz
February 14th, 2016, 06:19 PM
Rumble rumble, Christchurch belted by another 5.7 magnitude quake yesterday afternoon. Numerous (over 100 so far) aftershocks since. Just when we all thought things were getting back to normal!!

santafe8643
November 8th, 2016, 05:54 PM
Ironically, I never felt any earthquakes on the US East Coast even though they occured. But I know how you feel.

jordon412
November 8th, 2016, 06:10 PM
Ironically, I never felt any earthquakes on the US East Coast even though they occured. But I know how you feel.

They're closer than you expect: Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Tennessee_Seismic_Zone

EDIT: And here's an interactive map showing recent earthquakes in our area:
http://www.memphis.edu/ceri/seismic/index.php

cascaderailroad
November 8th, 2016, 06:13 PM
I slept through an earthquake ... I was pissed I missed it

Our house was raided by 5 cops, who were looking for my GF's son ... they burst in and lifted up my bed covers, and said: "It's not him" ... I slept right on through that one too :hehe:

jordon412
November 8th, 2016, 06:16 PM
I slept through an earthquake ...

Same here. I also slept through lightning hitting a tree in our yard. Apparently I can sleep through just about anything, maybe even the zombie apocalypse.

PC_Ace
November 13th, 2016, 06:06 PM
I was working on my T:ANE route this morning at 12:02am NZ Time when a shallow 7.5 magnitude quake struck the South Island a couple of hundred kilometres south of Wellington.
Before I could shut the machine down in an orderly manner, we lost power here and I was plunged into a blackout.
11 and a half hours later, the power has only just been restored in my street.
In the meantime, we've had hundreds of aftershocks, some over 6 (Richter), and a tsunami that threatened most of the low lying areas on the East coast of both main islands.
What is scary is that this is NOT 'The Big One' we're still expecting from two or more of our major fault lines in this area of the country. This is just the warm-up act...

The South Island Main Trunk Railway Line is severely affected around Kaikoura and between Picton and Christchurch.
Could take them months to clear the lines from the heavy slips along the spectacular coastline track.

Two known deaths attributable to this quake so far.
Fortunately, we learned to engineer our buildings here for such events ever since the devastating Magnitude 8.2 West Wairarapa Earthquake in 1855 (the epicentre of which was about 11km from my present home.)

Sincerely hope my fellow Trainzers here in New Zealand are all safe and ok.
We do live in the Shaky-Isles after all...

ianwoodmore
November 13th, 2016, 07:20 PM
I live in northern suburbs of Wellington about 15km from CBD.
The unusual nature of this quake was the length. 40 secs initially then another 100secs.
While it was a rough ride, fortunately no damage to home. Didn't lose power.
No trains, buses or ferries running.
Reinforces the importance of being prepared. I have bottles of water, tinned and dried foods enough for a week without replenishment.
Also camping gear and warm clothing ready at hand in case one has to evacuate. I'm 75m altitude here so tsunami not a problem other than destroying the infrastructure. I'm supposed to go into Wellington Regional Hospital for a checkup tomorrow after smashing my hip a month ago. Have to wait for all buildings, bridges, roads, and rail are inspected before we will be allowed into Wellington CBD.

RoysTrainz
November 13th, 2016, 08:14 PM
Hi Ian,

hope all goes well and its not only political earthquaks these days as we can see here.
Most people forget we live on a huge ball of fire and anything can happen anywhere, mother nature is telling us nothing it happens and than we know it.
Predictions are for the scientists the next wave or quake can have a much higher magnitude , impact and nothing well prepared helps than unfortunately.
Stay put my friend and all NZ trainzers and citizens!!

best

Roy

cascaderailroad
November 13th, 2016, 09:24 PM
This is so true ... we are sitting on a 5 mile thick thin crust of molten lava, with a nuclear fusion fueled center, that never cools down ... I remember wayback days, an earthquake in Turkey that had 30,000+ fatalities ... If the Yellowstone caldron blew, all life on Earth would extinguish in 1 years time, with reduced sunlight and no photosynthesis worldwide, famine

PC_Ace
November 14th, 2016, 05:37 AM
Latest on these New Zealand quakes and their affects on the South Island Main Trunk:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/318076/'utter-devastation'-nz-rocked-by-7-point-5-magnitude-quake

Some useful 'factoids' relating to this latest quake sequence:

http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/home/2016/11/14/M7.5+Kaikoura+Earthquake%3A+Latest+updates (http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/home/2016/11/14/M7.8+Kaikoura+Earthquake%3A+Latest+updates)

International scientific viewpoints:

http://sciblogs.co.nz/news/2016/11/14/nz-earthquake-scientists-react/

The aftershock sequence is creeping north, closer to Wellington, where we've not long had some severe shocks located in Cook Strait...
Keen to get some sleep tonight if circumstances allow.

Hope they don't delay your check-up tomorrow, Ian. The newly-built Wellington hospital extensions appear to have held up well to these latest quakes.

ianwoodmore
November 15th, 2016, 02:10 PM
I opted out of going into Wellington and just as well. Severe weather saw 140kph winds, and 100mm rain (our usual months) fall in half a day. What with aftershocks occurring every 2-3 secs (1500+ so far) and glass falling from high rise buildings it was a no brainer to re-schedule for later in the month.

As it happens it was a very wise move as the whole of Wellington Region took on a watery look and with slips and landslides occurring on every road we ended up with people who had ventured into Wellington unable to get out. As emergency crews got some single lane open on some routes gridlock occurred and this was still the situation at 8pm last night.

For HO model Railroad fans this following real image (1:1 scale) is eerily reminiscent of my layout as I dismantle it. This is coastal rail and road near epicentre and has completely cutoff the town of Kaikoura in the South Island. Massive landslides have swept the track across the road and into the sea.

https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/f/h/r/c/3/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.620x349. 1fh4qo.png/1479191028262.jpg

PC_Ace
November 16th, 2016, 02:32 AM
The quake's magnitude has been revised upwards again to a confirmed 7.8 - bringing it into alignment with the magnitude originally reported by the USGS.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
It affected multiple fault lines, some already known, others 'discovered'. Some amazing photos are trickling in of the impact on road, rail and terrain.
It will affect the hitherto thriving tourism industry there for months, if not years.
In some areas, there was horizontal movement of >10m accompanied by vertical uplift of between 2 to 8m. Peak ground acceleration exceeded 1.3g (but that measurement was taken miles from the epicentre.)
In many of the worst affected areas, State Highway 1 and the South Island Main Trunk Line will need to be realigned elsewhere, rather than reinstated in their original locations.

AJ_Fox
November 17th, 2016, 01:30 AM
Earthquakes are totally unpredictable although Kalifornien is working on that now. They can be deadly and create a huge damage. I was here in1989 when the big earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area. I was on the BART Train. We had no power for like 5 days. I thought the train was going to fall from 100 meters above the freeway below. Mercifully it didn't derail because of the wide tracks. For a few moments there I thought that was it for me. My girl was freaking out. She couldn't get in touch with me for hours. She had no idea what had happened to me.

So always try to help earthquake survivors any way you can.

Cheers

AJ

ATSF854
November 17th, 2016, 06:38 PM
Very true AJ, but thankfully there is technology in place now to give some level of warning, at least that is how it was in Japan. It may not seem like it, but even 12 seconds of warning can be a lifesaver. large earthquakes are a truly terrifying thing to experience..

ianwoodmore
January 15th, 2017, 11:35 PM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/88441088/first-train-south-to-lake-grassmere-a-milestone-for-main-north-line-repairs

ianwoodmore
March 19th, 2017, 12:34 PM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/90592175/rail-link-between-christchurch-and-greymouth-reopens-on-monday

ianwoodmore
June 9th, 2017, 03:09 AM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93513630/first-train-since-the-earthquake-made-its-way-into-kaikoura-today

ianwoodmore
September 14th, 2017, 02:47 AM
Latest news on NZ south island trains since earthquake blocked much of the train route between Picton and Christchurch

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96808940/picton-to-christchurch-railway-line-reopens-for-freight