2030 and counting

The aftershock count from the Canterbury earthquake was up to 2030 at 9.30 last night.

A friend was in a mall in Christchurch when yesterday’s magnitude 5 one struck. She said the worst thing was that there was nowhere obvious to go that might be safe.

She said that some people are coping better than others. She just takes a deep breath and carries on but a young man who was with her was still shaking more than an hour later.

Paul Nichol’s animated map gives a good idea of the number and frequency of the quakes, but it doesn’t, and can’t, show what life is like for the people for whom normal isn’t normal any more.

The best depiction of that is the speech Amy Adams made in parliament a few days after the first one:

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