Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 14 November 2016

The News travelled far and wide.



Thank you, so much, for asking if we are safe.  We are .

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 12.02 a.m. this morning. It was centred 400km  in a direct line south of us,  and has  caused major damage to roads, homes and businesses.There have been Tsunami warnings, some have been downgraded to a coastal and marine watch. People have been told to stay away from all coastal areas.

Now, at 12.23 p.m. there have been 73 quakes  and many more classed as   after-shocks.


Courtesy of the Internet, details below.

UPDATED 10:10am --- Significant tsunami waves which hit around Kaikoura after midnight's M7.5 earthquake have now started to ease and warnings for *land* are being lifted. Kaikoura recorded waves of 2.5 metres earlier this morning, Christchurch 1 metre and Wellington half a metre.

WeatherWatch.co.NZ says this is a historic earthquake and tsunami event for New Zealand.



We are about 400km ( 250 miles) in a straight line from the earthquake epicentre. We felt it, it rolled, it shook, I couldn’t stand or walk for a  minute, they say it lasted for 2 minutes. There is massive damage to roads in that area, houses reduced to rubble, and 2 people have died.

It was felt from Invercargill, in the far south to Whangarei in the far North, 800 miles or 1300 km from north to south direct line.

The map and photos below, courtesy of the Internet.

South Island with Earthquake centre

This is near Kaikoura, close to the coast  in the South Island. Directly to the right  and  some km.  north of where the red circle is on the map above.

Road damage near Kaikoura

this is closer to the epicentre, near Mt Lyford’

Road damage near Mt Lyford

Here is the map ,courtesy of the Internet. An interactive site that shows the depth of each quake.

Site concept and development: Paul Nicholls (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Christchurch Quake Map today

For those who have experienced this at a higher level, my thoughts are with you. Be brave, stay strong, for those who have  stolen property, you are a coward and a thief. Face up to what you have done and return those goods you took , from others in a very vulnerable position.  I hope you get caught and punished severely.

Thank you all again, the emails, Facebook comments, and phone calls  are  so  much appreciated. I am so grateful, thankful  and fortunate to have wonderful, caring, loving ,friends and family.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Be prepared, it might not happen today,

or tomorrow, but someday it will”

Greetings from Jean.


Jane said...

Good to know that you are safe. That was quite a shake-up!


Carol Mattingly said...

I have wondered all day if you are ok and knew you would post. Thank goodness. I'll pray for all of those who were affected. Be safe. Carol

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Jean---this is the first I heard of the quake there. I'm glad you are safe and send my best wishes to everyone in the quake area. I'm afraid with all the craziness going on here in the States with the sore loser rioters after the election that's about all we're hearing about.

The Furry Gnome said...

I was going to ask - so glad you're safe!

TexWisGirl said...

i thought of you immediately when i heard the news. i am glad you are okay. i know many will be affected and much repair to be done.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You were on my mind all day, and 'm so glad that all is well with you and you're safe. I hope and pray that it stays that way. And that all those who have lost so much, find comfort and safety.

Shelley Folkerts said...

I have been thinking about you and Hugh all day.Very glad to hear that you are safe. All the photos of the damage are heart breaking. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all New Zealanders in the days ahead as they clean up and rebuild. Hugs to you!

Mystic Quilter said...

Didn't realise first thing this morning that the 'quake had been felt u[ into the Central Plateau. Pleased you are all OK but not good that you had such a good shake there. It is devastating to see the destruction in the South Island once again, and dear Kaikoura which I loved. We used to travel that coast road through the tunnels when driving from Christchurch up to relatives in Blenheim. I hope and pray that help can be ferried or flown in to these stranded folk. Indeed to all who are in need right now.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all so very much, I had no idea the news would travel so far and so fast.
Kaikoura is one of the places badly damaged, and now isolated by slips north and south of the one main access road .
The repairs will be huge, costly, and take a long time. Railway lines, roads, bridges, and then the homes and businesses.
I am thankful for our safety, feel so sad for those who are in temporary accommodation as their homes have been so badly damaged, and so thankful for you, my friends.
AN UPDATE from the Internet.

• Major aftershocks, measuring 5.8, 5.9 and 6.0, have struck central New Zealand tonight - leaving stranded and rattled residents even more frazzled. There have been more than 400 aftershocks since this morning's huge 7.5 quake

• Kaikoura cut off as landslides bury State Highway 1 and main trunk rail line - emergency officials say the town has just three more days of water.

• 600 people are staying at a local marae. HMNZS Canterbury is on its way from Auckland to help evacuate 1100 stranded tourists. PM also considering using Air Force aircraft.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Jean ~ This is the first that I heard of this strong quake in your area. I am so glad you are safe, yet sorry for those who have suffered from this.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, I am so glad you are safe. The damage looks bad from the photos, it had to be a scary time for the residents and tourists. Sending prayers!

Millie said...

Glad to hear you are OK. Sending hugs and purrs.

Tish Stemple said...

Jean, I am glad to hear that you are okay! I had not heard about the earthquake yet. Sending lots of love and positive thoughts to New Zealand for everyone's' safety.

Jim said...

Good to hear you and Hugh are safe!
Got your letter.

camp and cottage living said...

I was thinking of you, Jean, when I heard this news. I'm so glad to hear you and Hugh are okay. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered so much loss and damage.

Out To Pasture said...

Glad to learn that you and your family are okay, Jean. What a dangerous and destructive event! As to the looting, that is simply deplorable! Sad to think that not everyone pulls together in the common goal of restoration. I hope that the land in your area has a long and peaceful rest before it stirs again.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a shock, excuse the pun!
Shame people would steal.
Thanks for letting your fans know how things are with you!!! xx

Fundy Blue said...

I am so glad that you are all right, Jean. When I heard of the quake I immediately thought of you and Huge and your family. Of course, I thought of others too, but your family is my personal connection to New Zealand. I couldn't reply until right now because I have to go to a library to access the internet. I always say prayers for victims of an earthquake. It is an awful thing to go through, and the aftermath is difficult. I've been through a number of shakers and what I call gliders where the ground seems to slip more than rock during the years that I lived in California. But never a 7.5 which is a huge quake, much bigger than those I experienced. Take care, my special friend! Sending you hugs and love!

Barb said...

I thought of you and Hugh right away. Years ago when we visited NZ we experienced tremors near Picton, but nothing of this magnitude. Hugs to you and your country as the rebuilding begins.

Karen said...

Glad you are safe! You and Hugh were the first I thought of when we heard the news here in Canada.

Karen said...

Glad you are safe! You and Hugh were the first I thought of when we heard the news here in Canada.

Julie Fukuda said...

I'm so glad toy hear you are OK. Earthquakes are scary even when you are not directly over the fault. Our school has regular practice drills and I am glad to see that even pre-schoolers take it seriously.