Still shaking

September 4, 2010

We got another shake just before 5pm:

The GeoNet seismograph drums at Rata Peaks show:

And the ones at Otahua Downs near Oamaru show:

(In case you’re wondering why the colours in the pics above differ from the one on the site, my printer is running out of ink).

 GeoNet , is a useful resource for information on earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and tsunamis, that there have been several more since this morning’s biggi.

Its list of recent quakes shows this big one was followed by several smaller ones:

 If you click on the felt-it button  it takes you to a request for people who felt the quake to fill in a questionnaire.

  • Reference Number: 3366452
  • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 4:55 pm
  • Magnitude: 5.4
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Details: 10 km south-west of Darfield
      • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
  • Reference Number: 3366375
  • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 1:49 pm
  • Magnitude: 4.0
  • Depth: 20 km
  • Details: 20 km west of Christchurch
    • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
    • Reference Number: 3366340
    • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 12:18 pm
    • Magnitude: 4.0
    • Depth: 12 km
    • Details: 10 km east of Darfield
    • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
    • Reference Number: 3366310
    • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 11:12 am
    • Magnitude: 5.3
    • Depth: 12 km
    • Details: 10 km east of Darfield
    • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
    • Reference Number: 3366227
    • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 7:52 am
    • Magnitude: 4.0
    • Depth: 5 km
    • Details: Within 5 km of Darfield
    • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
    • Reference Number: 3366196
    • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 6:23 am
    • Magnitude: 4.3
    • Depth: 5 km
    • Details: 10 km south of Darfield
    • Interactive earthquake shaking map. Report this quake. Map of New Zealand showing earthquake location.
    • Reference Number: 3366157
    • NZST: Sat, Sep 4 2010 5:06 am
    • Magnitude: 4.8
    • Depth: 15 km
    • Details: 30 km west of Belfast
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    If you click on the location link it takes you to the page with  information on specific quakes like this  on the pre-dawn pre-dawn biggie:

    New Zealand Earthquake Report – Sep 4 2010 at 4:35 am (NZST)

    Magnitude 7.1, Saturday, September 4 2010 at 4:35 am (NZST), 40 km west of Christchurch.

    Quake Details

    Information about this earthquake:

    Reference Number 3366146/G
    Universal Time September 3 2010 at 16:35
    NZ Standard Time Saturday, September 4 2010 at 4:35 am
    Latitude, Longitude 43.55°S, 172.18°E
    Focal Depth 10 km
    Moment magnitude 7.1
    Region Canterbury
    Location
    • 10 km south-east of Darfield
    • 20 km south-east of Coalgate
    • 40 km west of Christchurch

    Widely felt throughout New Zealand. Note: the location, magnitude and depth have been revised.


    Q&A earthquake special

    September 4, 2010

    TV One is planning to broadcast an extra half hour of Q&A tomorrow to cover this morning’s earthquake.

    The bloggerhead segment is still on the schedule:

    TV ONE will feature an extended Q+A tomorrow from 9am – 10:30am looking at the issues arising from the Canterbury Earthquake.

     Paul Holmes will interview Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker live from the earthquake devastated central city.

     Prime Minister, John Key will join us in the Auckland studio to talk through the national issues arising from the worst earthquake to hit NZ since 1931.

     It’s been a tragic week for Canterbury – Guyon Espiner talks to Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard about South Canterbury Finance and his new book, Crisis: One Central Bank Governor & the Global Financial Collapse and his battle to save our finance sector during the worldwide meltdown. Was the deposit guarantee scheme that saved SCF this week well conceived? Did anyone see this coming? And what does he really think of the government’s efforts to counter the crisis?

     Dr Therese Arseneau is joined on the panel by 2025 Taskforce head, the former Reserve Bank Governor and National Party leader, Dr Don Brash and Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey, who’s soon to take over development of the Auckland waterfront.

     @ Bloggerheads, are Keith Ng from Public Address and Ele Ludemann from Homepaddock.


    Word of the day

    September 4, 2010

    Quagswag – to shake to and fro.


    HP on TV

    September 4, 2010

    Q&A’s bloggerhead slot aims to give two different positions on the issue of the week.

    Tomorrow it’s Keith Ng from Public Address, chosen because he’s young, urban and financially literate and me because I’m not so young, rural and . . . ?

    The media release says:

    On Q + A this Sunday:                                                                                                         

    Paul Holmes interviews former South Canterbury Finance Chief Executive Sandy Maier about what went wrong and what chance taxpayers have of recovering the losses.

    South Canterbury Finance’s collapse has its origins in the global financial crisis. Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard joins Guyon Espiner to talk about his new book, Crisis: One Central Bank Governor & the Global Financial Collapse and his battle to save our finance sector during the worldwide meltdown. Was the deposit guarantee scheme that saved SCF this week well conceived? Did anyone see this coming? And what does he really think of the government’s efforts to counter the crisis?

    Paul and Martin Sneddon talk rugby.  One year from RWC kick-off, are we ready? Or are the critics right to be sceptical?

    Dr Therese Arseneau is joined on the panel by 2025 Taskforce head, the former Reserve Bank Governor and National Party leader, Dr Don Brash and Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey, who’s soon to take over development of the Auckland waterfront.

    @ Bloggerheads, are Keith Ng from Public Address and Ele Ludemann from Homepaddock.

    Q + A is broadcast live 9-10am Sunday on TV ONE and repeated at 9.10pm on Sunday nights and 10.10am and 2.10pm on Mondays on TVNZ 7. 

     (TVNZ 7 screens on Freeview Channel 7 and Sky TV Channel 97)


    What’s wrong with our roads?

    September 4, 2010

    We drove more than 3,000 kilometres in our 12 day visit to Australia’s Top End and passed only one lot of road works.

    In the 100 k of State Highway 1 I drove on to get to Dunedin today I passed seven separate road works.

    Northern Australia doesn’t have the extremes of hot and cold we do. But we’ve driven in lots of other countries which also get extreme temperatures and we never see as many road works as we do at home.

    Is it something to do with our climate and geology?  Is it the materials we use? Are the roads badly built to start with?

    Or is it a hangover from the old Ministry of Works day when more people than needed were employed and dugand given roads to dig up so they had something to do?


    The earth moved and the house shook

    September 4, 2010

    We woke to a loud noise and the house shaking at about 4.40 this morning – and it’s official:

    GeoNet’s recording from Rata Peaks near Ashburton at 5.15:

     

     Wanaka about 15 minutes earlier:

    The BBC broadcast the news almost immediately, by 5am Radio New Zealand National was reporting it was centred west of Christchurch, the power was off in the city and there was damage to a road.

    At 7.4  on the Richter Scale it’s the biggest earthquake I’ve ever felt but a quick look showed nothing amiss. 

    Friends just south of Ashburton reported pictures falling off their walls but no major damage.

    UPDATE:

    The quake has been downgraded to  The initial quake ws followed by a second one measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale.

     RadioNZ National which is doing an earthquake special is just broadcasting Christchurch mayor Bob Parker declaring a state of emergency in the city.

    So far just two reports of serious injuries to people but there is massive damage to buildings and infrastructure including water and sewerage pipes.

    Cellphone towers are being powered by batteries which are likely to run out soon which may affect coverage well beyond Canterbury.

    Shamefully there are also reports of looting.

    The Press has news and photos.

    In disaster there is always humour. Quote of the quake from Keeping Stock:

     So the rumour that God had invested in South Canterbury Finance must be true.

    UPDATE 2:

    The epicentre was near Darfield. John Key has just told TV3  that  the house of Selwyn MP Amy Adams who lives near there  has been wrecked.

    With the power off there’s an urgent need for generators to ensure cows can be milked and some dairy sheds have been damaged.


    September 4 in history

    September 4, 2010

    On September 4:

    476 Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed when Odoacer proclaimed himself King of Italy.

     

    626  Li Shimin, posthumously known as Emperor Taizong of Tang, assumed the throne of the Tang Dynasty of China.

     

    1666 In London, the worst damage from the Great Fire occurred.

     

    1781 Los Angeles, California, was founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers.

    1812  War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Harrison began when the fort was set on fire.

     
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    1862  Civil War Maryland Campaign: General Robert E. Lee took the Army of Northern Virginia, and the war, into the North.

     

    1863 Soon after leaving Nelson for Napier, the newly built brig Delaware was wrecked. Accounts of the incident often focus on the heroism of Huria Matenga, the only woman in a party of five local Maori who assisted the crew to shore.

    The wreck of the Delaware

    1870  Emperor Napoleon III of France was deposed and the Third Republic  declared.

    1884  The United Kingdom ended its policy of penal transportation to Australia.

    1886  Indian Wars: after almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo, with his remaining warriors, surrendered to General Nelson Miles.

     

    1888  George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and received a patent for his camera that used roll film.

    Eastman Kodak Company logo

    1894  In New York City, 12,000 tailors struck against sweatshop working conditions.

    1901 William Lyons, British industrialist (Jaguar cars), was born (d. 1985).

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    1917 Henry Ford II, American industrialist, was born (d. 1987).

    1919Mustafa Kemal Atatürk gathered a congress in Sivas to make decisions as to the future of Anatolia and Thrace.

     

    1923 – Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.

    Uss shenandoah airship.jpg

    1937 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer, was born.

    1941  World War II: a German submarine mades the first attack against a United States ship, the USS Greer.

    USS Greer (DD-145)

    1944  World War II: the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Belgian city of Antwerp.

    1948  Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated for health reasons.

     

    1949  Maiden flight of the Bristol Brabazon.

    1949  The Peekskill Riots erupted after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.

    1950  First appearance of the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.

     
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    1950  Darlington Raceway was the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.

    Showtime Southern 500

    1951 Martin Chambers, English drummer (The Pretenders), was born.

    1951  The first live transcontinental television broadcast took place in San Francisco, California, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.

    1956  The IBM RAMAC 305 was introduced, the first commercial computer to use magnetic disk storage.

     

    1957  American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis – Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, called out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.

     

    1957  The Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel.

     

    1963  Swissair Flight 306 crashed near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.

    1964  Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opened.

    1967  Vietnam War: Operation Swift began: U.S. Marines engaged the North Vietnamese in battle in the Que Son Valley.

    1971  A Boeing 727 Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashed near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.

    1972 Mark Spitz became the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.

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    1975  The Sinai Interim Agreement relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict was signed.

    1977 The Golden Dragon Massacre in San Francisco, California.

    1984  Brian Mulroney led the Canadian Progressive Conservative Party to power in the 1984 federal election, ending 20 years of nearly uninterrupted Liberal rule.

     

    1995 The Fourth World Conference on Women opened in Beijing with morethan  4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.

    1996  War on Drugs: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attacked a military base in Guaviare, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare in which at least 130 Colombians were killed.

    1998  Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, students at Stanford University.

    Google Logo

    Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia


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