Sunday evening I went out to view and photograph the supermoon.
This was promoted as the biggest closest full moon in 70 years, but to me it looked usual with no extra sense of awe. A few hours later I thought differently as the 7.5 earthquake rudely awakened us. Predictions of full moons producing earthquakes have been ridiculed, but a recent study suggests that the additional weight of tidal water may strain geological faults. Whatever the reasons, Ruaumoko has certainly been active since early Monday morning. Local aftershocks continued all of yesterday. I was in the doctor’s surgery when one struck, and she told me an earlier patient had dived under the bed as soon as the shaking started. She asked whether I’d like to similarly take cover but I declined.
Facebook tells me that on 15 November 2010 we had two significant aftershocks, measuring 4.69 and 4.87. I wonder what today will hold. With every shake there’s always the thought that this might be another big one. GNS says there’s a 32% chance of another quake over 7 within the next month – not an encouraging thought. Radio New Zealand is absolutely vital in these circumstances, and there’s a petition for them to receive extra funding because they’ve had no increase for at least eight years. Please sign.
I hear continual reports of the aftermath in Kaikoura and Wellington, and my heart goes out to those affected. Our experience here means I can totally empathise, and I know how long the feelings of uncertainty can continue. Today stranded tourists are being evacuated by sea and air. It’s good to know the stranded cows have now been rescued, and people are out saving paua.
Kia kaha to all of you.
Here in Christchurch, daily routines bring a comforting semblance of normality.
“It seems in continuity
come feelings of security.”