Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The night the earth moved (Literally).

Ten thirty six pm and we were sitting in the lounge watching the TV news when there was a rumbling through the house. An earthquake!  It went on for a couple of seconds before it grew in intensity lasting for over 2 minutes.

Ornaments started to shake, rattle and roll but luckily they were well held down with blue tack and the cabinets are screwed to the walls. Early reports that the earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale but it was eventually reported as a massive 7.0, larger than the Christchurch earthquakes. The only saving grace was that it was centred 240kms deep somewhere around South Taranaki. Had it been shallower the results could have been catastrophic. Phew, that was close!


Carol said...

Hi both, that certainly was close - not sure I could live with that! Great to see you’re now settled - keep up the blog. Kind Regards, Carol and George

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Carol and George
Luckily it doesn't happen very often. We both think it the largest we have ever felt. Not entirely settled, another trip coming up later this month.