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mds725
02-21-2011, 02:14 PM
I just heard there was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake centered in Christchurch, New Zealand. I hope everyone there is safe and unhurt and that the communities affected by the earthquake recover quickly.

mm stan
02-21-2011, 04:02 PM
I just heard there was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake centered in Christchurch, New Zealand. I hope everyone there is safe and unhurt and that the communities affected by the earthquake recover quickly.
Kia ora,
I also wish well to them over there....and hope everyone is safe and unhurt...may they
quickly recover....MM Stan.

Uke Republic
02-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Thoughts are with our friends down there.
Oz hit with all that flooding and now trouble in NZ , really getting it rough as of late.
Thanks for posting

itsme
02-21-2011, 04:53 PM
I hear there have been deaths. My heart goes out to all who have been affected.

I lived thru the great 9.2 in Alaska in 1964. It was horrible.

mds725
02-21-2011, 06:36 PM
The earthquake is worse than was initially reported. Although it was "only" a 6.3 magnitude, it was close to the surface, and many buildings in Christchurch were leveled. The latest report I heard (5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, GMT) is that more than 60 people have been killed. My prayers go out to the people of the affected areas and their families.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/as_new_zealand_earthquake

Teek
02-21-2011, 07:57 PM
I don't watch TV much so missed the updates, just saw it on the news portion of my start page. This is sad news, I love New Zealand and have always wanted to live there someday. Thanks for bringing it to everyone's attention, as prayers are something that can be sent immediately.

thedeez
02-21-2011, 08:05 PM
yup news just said 65 confirmed deaths at the moment. Thing with this quake is that everything is already loose etc from the last one so its just decimated everything.

bazmaz
02-21-2011, 09:27 PM
Watching news reports now - looks very very serious. Thoughts go out to NZ.

velofille
02-21-2011, 09:51 PM
From my knowledge most NZrs on the forum are up North Island, the ones i know of down that way are ok, Its a terrible thing, locals are all pulling together as always.

docryf
02-22-2011, 01:41 AM
I was in a 7.9 in Peru in 1970.

Believe me, when a Country gets up and starts walking about it certainly makes you consider your priorities and position in life.

It really hits me whenever I hear of 'quakes happening so my heart, and prayers, go out to all those who've been affected in NZ.

joeybug
02-22-2011, 02:39 AM
My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected..

Hippie Dribble
02-22-2011, 03:20 AM
Just watching a wall to wall coverage over here at the moment. The footage is unbelievable...talking to victims as they're being pulled out from the rubble of the flattened buildings. Very hard to watch. Reports are that hundreds still trapped. Sheesh!! They're even talking to people still buried on their mobile phones. Like an earlier post said, still fragile from the last one so things just crumpled up as the quake was so close to the surface. People sending emergency texts from under rubble. Apparently they've already had 30+ mini aftershocks already...

spookefoote
02-22-2011, 03:27 AM
Did you get any rumbles in Taz Eugene?

Hippie Dribble
02-22-2011, 03:34 AM
Did you get any rumbles in Taz Eugene?

Plenty of rumbles after our garlic bread and french onion soup Spookey, but no mate, nothing more substantial than that thankfully. It's incredible, they're right on a faultline and tonight they were saying that the Kiwis experience 4 or 5 thousand rumbles a year. We had a small quake in Tassie late last year where things in the house started rattling in the middle of the night. A weird sound; a low growl, like the sound of a storm, but underground.

SweetWaterBlue
02-22-2011, 04:13 AM
Anyone heard from Dave Beckingham? I love his YT videos, and I am pretty sure he is from Christchurch.

velofille
02-22-2011, 07:46 AM
I left a message for Dave Beckingham on facebook

whetu
02-22-2011, 02:52 PM
Plenty of rumbles after our garlic bread and french onion soup Spookey, but no mate, nothing more substantial than that thankfully. It's incredible, they're right on a faultline and tonight they were saying that the Kiwis experience 4 or 5 thousand rumbles a year. We had a small quake in Tassie late last year where things in the house started rattling in the middle of the night. A weird sound; a low growl, like the sound of a storm, but underground.

It's more in the region of 15,000 but we only feel a few hundred of them. There's a reason we're called the shakey isles :)

Here's a readings from a seismic drum near the affected area:
http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/drums/mqz-drum.html

And here's a page with some telling pictures:
http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/

Weirdly, the Wellington region where I live is where we were all expecting a massive quake, and one even bigger than this one at that.

It was really quite reaffirming of our nation's character when you see on the news, overweight bankers and financial consultants who were returning from lunch, putting down their briefcases and helping to pull the injured out. Seeing people show up with station wagons and 4 wheel drives when the city ran out of Ambulances, in order to get the seriously wounded to hospitals. Civilians, their suits covered in dust and mud and sewerage and blood, shoulder to shoulder with rescue personnel helping out however they can. Students using social networking to organise armies of the willing and able to help. A large multinational foodstuffs company with their own private spring announced that they would freely give water from it to whoever showed up.

And further to that the ANZAC spirit shone - there were some Aussie doctors at a conference who arrived in the city centre, collected as many medical supplies as they could and went to work helping where they could. Australia immediately dispatched specialist search and rescue teams also to help out.

It's also heartbreaking to know that I'm stuck half a country away and unable to help beyond giving blood and a bit of money. I have friends who live there who have secured their families and pets and they're heading in to start digging, and my younger brother has been called up to fly down there to help get communications back up.

There's plenty of information available here:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake?label=Christchurch+quake

velofille
02-22-2011, 09:32 PM
David is fine, he replied, but he said there were more Ukers in the area and gave me the following link to an FB group http://www.facebook.com/pages/UKE-TIME/197455256932646

Mason671
02-22-2011, 10:49 PM
Prayers and a speedy recovery for those affected by this natural disaster.

SweetWaterBlue
02-23-2011, 01:45 AM
David is fine, he replied, but he said there were more Ukers in the area and gave me the following link to an FB group http://www.facebook.com/pages/UKE-TIME/197455256932646

Good news about David. Thanks for letting us know.

davidbeckingham
02-23-2011, 06:00 PM
Wow I am just about in tears. Seriously. One of the reasons I have left the guitar behind me is because the ukulele community is so great. I can't believe someone enquired about my situation based on my youtube clips. Apart from no water at the moment and hundreds of large aftershocks life goes on for me and my family. That may well change in the next hour when they are due to release some names of the most unlucky ones. My fingers are crossed so tightly that I can't plink. Many, many thanks for this little expression of concern from so far away. Really helps. I've only recently joined UU. Might be here for a while...
Kia ora
David

pdxuke
02-23-2011, 06:11 PM
Wow I am just about in tears. Seriously. One of the reasons I have left the guitar behind me is because the ukulele community is so great. I can't believe someone enquired about my situation based on my youtube clips. Apart from no water at the moment and hundreds of large aftershocks life goes on for me and my family. That may well change in the next hour when they are due to release some names of the most unlucky ones. My fingers are crossed so tightly that I can't plink. Many, many thanks for this little expression of concern from so far away. Really helps. I've only recently joined UU. Might be here for a while...
Kia ora
David

David:

Let us know if we can do anything. If there is, you probably have a 1,000 people here, myself included, who will get it done.

Good luck.

SweetWaterBlue
02-23-2011, 06:40 PM
Hi David. I second what PDX said about anything that we can do to help. Welcome aboard UU.

I can't tell you how many times I have watched your face pop onto the screen and say in that wonderful New Zealand accent, "Hi, I'm Dave Beckingham, from Christchurch New Zealand and this is my entry into the Bosco and Honey's Join the Safari Competition 2010," before you broke into that wonderful Safari Bounce on the mahogany-topped Flea. Even though we have never met, I feel like I know you from that video and your wonderful blues and other ukulele videos. Its funny how I feel that way about many people from all over the World who I have only "met" through the internet ukulele community.

We are so glad you are safe. Our prayers are with those who were not so lucky.