Kiwi advice on surviving an earthquake

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2011

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Today was another pretty quiet day. We went for a look around Timaru and treated ourselves to some lunch at McDonalds (I know, I know, I'm ashamed of myself). In the afternoon we headed out into the hills to go and see some ancient Maouri rock carvings, which were brilliant. The designs were very beautiful but the carving were behind a fence because people had graffetied all over the rocks and drawings. However the graffeti wasn't quite what we had expected because we realised that it was all from the 1930s and 40s. The earliest piece which we could see was from 1931... probably left by a naughty young ragamuffin! In the evening we headed back to the campsite and settled down in front of the TV. The main news of the day was that a huge aftershock had hit Christchuch. Since the original earthquake a month ago, which was measured as a 7.1 (I think) the city has been rocked by over 1500 aftershocks. Whilst the aftershocks cannot be felt if they are under a 4.0, we had been told that on average people can feel about 8 rumbles a day. But this aftershock was the biggest so far, a 5.0, but as the epi-centre was very close to the surface of the earth it was actually felt by people on the ground as a 7.0... almost as big as the first quake! As we were eating tea a truck driver who lives on the campsite came into the tv lounge and told us that he had been driving his truck at the time the aftershock had hit. He told us how he had thought that someone had tail-ended the back of his truck and could see the road going up and down in waves. Later on we got talking with a really sweet couple from Zimbabwe who had been in Christchuch Cathedral at the time the aftershock had hit... considering they hadn't been in a church for quite a few years they thought it was quite telling that the second they walk into a church the walls and floor start shaking! Surfice to say that this mornings aftershock has scared the living daylights out of us as we are due to arrive in Christchuch in just a few hours. However we received some very nice advice from one of the other lorry drivers on the site... if a quake hits, either run to the nearest empty field for safety or just cross your fingers and hope that a skyscaper doesn't land on your head. Great Kiwi advice if ever I heard it!  
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