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December 23, 2011

Pathos alert

Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 5:29 pm

Less weirdly, has any other urban centre gone through what Christchurch has, in the sense of being this seismically unstable for this long a period of time? Or is this a uniquely horrible experience?

Update: Apparently Sumatra still suffers from aftershocks since the 2005 quake.

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  1. If I was David Shearer, one of the first things I would do at the first caucus meeting of the new year is putting in place systems to stop his bats**t crazy MPs from posting things on twitter, the internet, and in Clare Curran’s case, ever opening their mouths.

    Comment by DT — December 23, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  2. At least you could link to her Twitter feed. Said comment came after about three hours of heartfelt posts about the human side of suffering, including one at Red Alert, and was subsequently followed by another tweet about those disabled and elderly.

    She also posted a few interesting links about ICT this morning, showing that while she’s out of the house she’s engaging at least somewhat with her portfolios. I’d expect nothing less.

    Comment by George D — December 23, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  3. What is your problem with Clare Curran Danyl?

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 23, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

  4. I doubt it’s unique.

    Comment by Hugh — December 23, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

  5. To be honest I don’t follow Curran on Twitter. I just clicked on the eqnz tag and that was at the top.

    Comment by danylmc — December 23, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

  6. Shearer should sew boxing gloves onto Curran and Mallard

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — December 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  7. Does she not have an inner voice?

    Comment by Russell Brown — December 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  8. @3 — I’m picking it’s an equal opportunity blog. Danyl hasn’t had many RWNJs visiting lately hence this post.
    I’m just glad that Adolf F hasn’t arrived yet, with his ‘poo fingers’.. eww

    Comment by Alistair — December 23, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

  9. Sumatra has suffered large earthquakes ever since the Boxing Day tsunami, though spread over a much much larger area than the Christchurch events.

    Comment by bradluen — December 23, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  10. (writing as a Chch person) No, not a uniquely horrible experience. I’m sure all big earthquakes generate legions of aftershocks but the rest of the world just moves on – nothing to see here!

    These ones are probably worse than many, though, on account of the fact that they’re big, shallow and right bloody underneath us.

    And nobody knows when they are going to stop.

    Comment by Neil — December 23, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  11. Alister @ 6:53

    Just for you:-

    Now you know what Labour thinks of Christchurch electors.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — December 23, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  12. According to the ANZ Cameron Bagrey (sp) in the NZ Herald today ‘local bankers’ have been told ‘this (swarms of big earthquakes) will go on for another four years.’ Has he let the cat out of the bag? Have they been getting information (with grave economic consequences) that others waiting for insurance pay outs and consequently rebuilding to start have not? Answers please….Key, Browlie, Parker, English. And now if you don’t mind. Earthquakes don’t take holidays.

    Comment by sunny — December 23, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

  13. @sunny12 not suprising if true. but sad

    Comment by sheesh — December 23, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  14. Check out Wikipedia entry for earthquake aftershocks, as it has an interesting discussion of the various rules predicting them. The New Madrid earthquakes of 1812 seems to be favored example of long period of aftershocks – 200 years.

    Comment by Bruce Hamilton — December 24, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  15. @ 3 ‘What is your problem with Clare Curran Danyl?’ Comment by Sanctuary — December 23, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    Yeah, explain yourself Danyl, a nomenklatura demands so.

    Comment by will — December 24, 2011 @ 5:05 am

  16. I’ve shied away from the earthquake prediction lark but my impression has been that a newly reactivated fault system with strke-slip component could very well stay active for a period of time. The stress gets shunted along the fault system and huge amounts of water are pumped into neighbouring fractures. A bit like unzipping.

    Comment by NeilM — December 24, 2011 @ 6:25 am

  17. “a nomenklatura demands so.”

    Please stop channeling Redbaiter, will. He’s so much better at hysterical abusive shrieking than you could ever hope to be.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — December 24, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  18. Sunny wrote: “According to the ANZ Cameron Bagrey (sp) in the NZ Herald today ‘local bankers’ have been told ‘this (swarms of big earthquakes) will go on for another four years.’ Has he let the cat out of the bag? Have they been getting information (with grave economic consequences) that others waiting for insurance pay outs and consequently rebuilding to start have not?”

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised. They were probably told it while drinking port at the Christchurch Club, by a drunken old sot who doesn’t actually know anything about earthquakes, but thinks he does.

    Comment by Kahikatea — December 24, 2011 @ 4:38 pm


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