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Earthquakes

We've been having earthquakes. Not big ones at this stage. 4.5 on Tuesday and 4.7 this morning - we don't even feel the little ones that follow. But it rattles our complacency. If we were thinking how awful it is in Christchurch and how incredibly unexpected, the land is nudging us with some rumblings of our own to remind us we all live on earthquake faults. I have updated most of our emergency stuff. I have a pack in a cupboard by my bed, matches, candles, radio, batteries, that kind of thing. I am thinking money would be useful. That's been hard for Cantabrians, getting cash to buy even water etc. Everyone is fundraising.

There are 'predictions' about a big earthquake here, on the 20th or 30th. I am not impressed.

I drove into town at midnight to collect Christy from a party. It's first week back for uni students. There are drunk kids all over the city. It's awful. I saw a girl in a little short dress fall flat at the Basin Reserve, her friends dragging her to her feet. Over in Vivian Street a young guy was trying to pull another guy up off the footpath. I guess they're getting their taste of freedom, out of the Cube or other hostels and down into town.

I've been really busy at work. And it's Lent coming up next week. I have challenged the girls at school to try telling the truth for six weeks instead of giving up lollies or something similar. It's my campaign for the year, tell the truth! The orthodox girls give up dairy and meat for six weeks, which is huge. And interesting, I was quizzing my orthodox girls about gay people and they both say there are almost no gay people in their churches, Assyrian or Ethiopian. I suggested that maybe they just weren't allowed...

OMG it's one in the morning! We've been sitting here watching Jurassic Park 3! It's so gruesome! Later, dudes

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moth2fic
Mar. 4th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thinking about you and worrying about your earthquakes. I hope the predictions are wrong!!
natesmountain
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can't imagine the Big One actually hitting us, we've been waiting since I was little in Wellington. We just have to hope it never does... apparently there are solar flares that predict things for late March... yikes! We'd better update our family plan. I'm on the first wave of teachers who can leave the school, since I have children of my own, but Asher is the only one close to me during the day. can't spend too much time worrying about all that though. Just got to get on with life!
moth2fic
Mar. 5th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
It hadn't occurred to me that you would have plans for events like that - obviously it makes sense but it's the sort of thing that never crosses my mind. How desperately worrying - trying to get to your own kids and leaving the childless/older people to deal with other people's kids - I really, really hope the 'big one' never hits you!!
natesmountain
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope we don't get the Big One too. When I was a Red Cross member in the Disaster Relief Team we were excited about such an event. But as a parent, the reality is different. There are too many people to be responsible for!

We actually have earthquakes all the time but don't feel most of them!
moth2fic
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
You've occasionally mentioned the smaller tremors but I thought they were just like the ones we get in Manchester but more frequent. The Christchurch one has really brought home the seriousness of the situation. Good luck!

I imagine your kids'schools and colleges have their own plans in place, too.
margaret_r
Mar. 5th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I've been hearing and reading about your earthquakes and hoping that everything settles down over there. I suppose there are always predictions at times like this but they don't often happen - I certainly hope they don't this time!
natesmountain
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
we are all still coming to terms with the reality that so many people died in Christchurch. I sure hope we don't get an earthquake here but it has triggered everybody's warning systems. We're all doing earthquake drills and making emergency kits.
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