Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

About last night ….. and a friendly reminder

July 4th 2012

While you were sleeping….last night….we had a decent “house bump.” (that’s the new name that grandchildren understand apparently)

Magnitude: 7.0, Depth: 230 km, 60 km south of Opunake, NZST: Tue, Jul 3 2012 10:36 pm

Family in Wellington texted me to say they were ok, although thoughts were with them at the time that this was “the one.” Nelson shook a bit more last night than was the case with the Christchurch bumps. Didn’t get any texts from family members in Christchurch…..but hey ….. they have already been through plenty of this sort of thing anyway.

the #eqnz hashtag on Twitter......

Twitter came alive well and truly under the #eqnz hashtag, and although plenty were written in the usual Kiwi style, the event definitely served us up a reminder.


1] wear practical bedclothes, or at the very least some (not the best time to be caught naked)

2] have a pair of sensible shoes near the bed

3] ensure you also have close by a “recently tested & working”  torch and battery powered radio (preferable under the shelf on your bedside drawer)

4] a friendly reminder again to ensure that “get thru” pack is up to date and you have an ample supply of fresh batteries.

Having been less than 10kms from the epic centre of the Newcastle eq some decades back, still thought last nights bump was still felt quite strongly locally.

According to the above Geonet drums it would appear that most of central NZ got a feeling of what its been like living in Christchurch.

Note to the “powers that be”, please fix Geonet so that in times of need, this type of message isn’t all I see?