Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shaken, not stirred

Last night while we were watching a recorded episode of From the Earth to the Moon the earth moved. Naturally I made some daft comment about the special effects on this show being pretty good before we realised, actually, this was a doozie of an earthquake and the lights were swinging and the doors were swinging and things banging around and it went on and on and on.

I then thought, oh, if it's this bad here, it must be really bad elsewhere. I was right, and luckily for NZ elsewhere happened to be in the remotest, least populated part of the country, so the 7.8 on the Richter Scale quake which hit at Dusky Sound has done very little damage. We're a lucky country.

Here's what it looked like from GeoNet at the closest drum to Dunedin.

I can do without that kind of Rock n Roll, thanks.


Dave B said...

Never felt a thing ... what time was it? Maybe it wasn't strong enough to be felt in Canterbury although I suspect it would have been

Rachael King said...

I felt it while at the movies in chch but only mildly - i thought it might have been special effects from another movie!

Vanda Symon said...

Dave, the big city clocks stopped at just before 9.25pm so all the town's clock fixers were busy yesterday.

Rachael, that would have been great if you were watching something involving roller coasters or high speed car chases.

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Don't you just love the way they are saying on the news not to be complacent, that this was NOT the "big one" after all, that in fact it will probably trigger off the big one (the Alpine Fault) :-|

Vanda Symon said...

They're so comforting, PC.