Christchurch -wasn't- particularly seismically active when they put it in.
Just to add to what was already a bad month for my family (see previous comment), I've just learnt that my Uncle was killed in a car accident Tuesday night. This was unrelated to the quake (up Blenheim way)
My aunt survived, no major injuries apparently, but was trapped until the car was found about 3pm yesterday.
This is all getting a bit much.
Most facilities are working at my place in Upper Riccarton/Sockburn, if people want to use them and can get here (I am currently without car).
I am rationing things like showers because of not wanting to put water into the waste system, but am prepared to make exceptions for people in need :)
God, rescue teams withdrawn from the CTV building apparently.
Just reassigning rescue personnel to other sites temporarily while they use heavy machinery to clear away the next section of rubble according to the national fire commander on TV1.
Having decided I'm not going to get back to sleep I just took a walk around the block. Whereas when I stepped outside about 3am it was uncannily quiet, Xmas/NY morning quiet, now it's back to what I'd expect in background traffic, slightly more in the way of sirens.
The aftershocks still seem very regular, some sort of rumble or shake every 10 minutes or so.
Trying not to feel "survivor guilt", but planning a cycle tour of flats I know spread over a few suburbs tomorrow (today) to physically touch base with people. If noting else planning the route gives my mind something to occupy itself.
I have a friend who works on a 7th floor in city that I'm worried about. Just heard from another friend who works in the danger zone - OK, but others nearby injured.
@Megan yes the airport is closed.
Checking in - passing cop car told us to store water, serios damage in city.
# Reference Number: 3468575
# NZDT: Tue, Feb 22 2011 12:51 pm
# Magnitude: 6.3
# Depth: 5 km
# Details: 10 km south-east of Christchurch
and that was just the first one...
I'm still reading, but I notice a trend to try and move people to .. anther massive shake just hit Chch .. "move out of the welfare system and undertake tertiary study through the student support system" .. back later....