[Sca-cooks] How are our friends in New Zealand doing?

lilinah at earthlink.net lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 4 14:30:54 PDT 2010

On 5/09/2010 4:49 a.m., Huette von Ahrens wrote:
>>I just heard that New Zealand has suffered through a devastating 
>>earthquake. I have seen lots of pictures of collapsed buildings. 
>>How are you doing Antonia? How are the rest of our SCA friends 
>>doing there?

Antonia replied:
>First things first: WE'RE ALL SAFE! There has been considerable damage
>to property in the city, but no loss of life and very few serious
>injuries. We're all very shaken (literally!), but no SCAdians were
>hurt beyond a few bruises as far as I know. We've had over 40
>aftershocks of magnitudes up to 5.4, which is extremely unnerving.
>Power has been restored to most of the city, and they're working on the
>water and sewer problems. Some SCAdians' houses were damaged, but as
>far as I know, not seriously-- just collapsed chimneys, broken pipes,
>smashed crockery and the like. I think we were very lucky that the
>quake happened when it did (4:30am), as most people were off the streets
>and in the relative safety of their homes.
>I'm fine, apart from strung out and exhausted (only a couple of hours
>sleep Friday night), but nothing damaged and no injuries-- just one very
>unsettled cat.

This is excellent news! We get 5.something quakes with some frequency 
up here (San Francisco Bay area) but not 40 in one day (whew!). And 
your initial quake, i have heard, was even bigger than our Loma 
Prieta quake (7.0 or so) in 1989.

I know it can take a while to stop reacting to every vibration and 
deep rumble (like a big truck going down the street). Do take care, 
and all my best to you, your cat, and everyone.

Someone sometimes called Urtatim

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