First hand story of Christchurch earthquake from Brutus, my real friend

Earth, Travel | | June 12, 2011 at 20:15
Hi, yes, I am fine, but it is getting old.
We get substantial aftershocks a couple times a week, but this morning it was a sort of rolling thunder. I figure since the house hasn’t fallen down yet, then it probably won’t, but there is a sliver of doubt about what to do while you are sitting and the earth is jumping around.
I tend to measure them by the amount of stuff that falls out of cupboards etc. Don’t bother straightening the pictures or anything anymore, so there is something otherworldly aboutbeing here, alone. Fortunately for me I planted a huge number of potatoes, and so I dig them up, and only go close to town every 2 or 3 weeks. The whole downtown area is still cordoned off by the army, and no one is allowed in.
The house is shuddering right now. Baby quakes!
So you have to drive around this big dead city, which is weird, and the traffic is horrendous, and most of the time you don’t know if the shop you want will be there ot not. The tallest hotel building downtown is on a lean, and they have to implode it, or knock it down before anyone can get close. Otherwise they may get squished. Maybe it fell down this time, which might hurry things up, but basically they had an emergency plan – great – and then absolutely no idea about what to do afterwards.So the buidings have red, green or yellow stickers on them. Red means demolish, yellow repair,and green safe, but since you are not allowed in, doesn’t make a huge difference.
It is going to take 10-12 years before Christchurch exists again – and then there is the question of should it? By the time they decide that, all the businesses etc that have survived, will be in exurbs around the airport.
Funnily enough I dreamed about another earthquake last night, so must be getting tuned into the inner machinationsof mother earth.
Went up to Wellington not too long ago,and it was shocking to see people getting on with their normal lives. Streets filled with laughing couples, and restaurants and cafes open, and life carries on. We are in this pall of collectiveangst. People share their war stories, and then it is the “we will survive” thing – if London could make it through the Blitz, etc. As I say, it is getting old.
The one thing is that Kiwis are not only very resilient, but don’t tend to go hysterical, or get into a flap -i t would embarrassing…..
We just had another really big one, on par with the 2 in Feb. Not sure what’s next. Electric knocked out etc. so don’t know if I can send this. Will try. Even I am a bit nervous since it won’t stop wobbling. Love B.
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