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Busytown: The shakes

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  • Islander,

    Something a bit wrong with that link Steve B...

    Apropos keeping water: wierd as it seems, every so often Big O (rainfall 3 metres + yearly)runs out of drinking water (generally, because of lagoon flooding - which salts the spring from whence we pump water for the 30,000ltr. community tank.)

    So, I always keep 12 litres to hand. I simply replace each 4 litre container as I use it - and the exigencies of flooding and/or power cuts, mean this is every fortnight or so.

    I dont worry about water for loos etc. as I have a spare 400 ltr. tank (rainwater-filled.)

    There are useful instructions for making sure your stored water doesnt turn into an antibiotic farm (heh! Thanks Giovanni!) on the CD site, and Kyle's suggestion about changing your supply at the same time as you change smoke-alarm batteries is A Really Good Idea.

    (Rushes off to check smoke alarms...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4441 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    And an excellent site...am currently writing a "Te Karaka" column on my love affair with geomorphology - good to learn about Dr. M. Quigley's areas of expertise-

    o, and extracted 2 dead batteries from smoke alarms-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    So I wonder if water purification tablets are more useful. Because how many people are going to remember to keep changing the water?

    Thsi is where the my chest freeze comes in handy. I have collected a shit load of milk bottles and washed them thoroughly (!!), filled them with nice clean water and frozen them. They are now sitting quietly in the bottom waiting...waiting..

    When the wait is over, they will stay there keeping my freezer cold. Utilising their glorious specific heat and latent heat of freezing stashed inside a nice insulted box. Which, incidently, the family are well trained to ensure spare blankets are packed around it and newspaper put underneath it. I can take out fresh water and thaw it as the need arises.

    Then I can sneak stuff out of my frozen larder and feast on meats, veges and other goodies that I have accumulated. BBQs here we come!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Appreciate that thanks Steve B, and the further link to Mark Quigley's site.

    And Marcus Turner - that nuclear bomb animation was awesome, the 'geo'politics never clearer.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 775 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    There are thermal springs near Tai Tapu & Governers Bay. I don't buy the extinct line.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Bloody good plan, Ross

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    There are thermal springs near Tai Tapu & Governers Bay. I don't buy the extinct line.

    I've heard of these, but never found 'em. Any clues!? A thermal spring would be a grand way to spend a winter's evening.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1353 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    There are thermal springs near Tai Tapu & Governers Bay. I don't buy the extinct line.

    There are many thermal springs not associated with volcanoes ancient or modern – Morere hot springs for example near Gisborne, nothing significantly volcanic within 100 km.

    It’s the geothermal gradient – those trapped Chilean miners are sweating because it’s 30-something degrees down there 700 metres underground. In a few quirky places, heated water from such and greater depths makes its way to the surface. In most the flow and the temperature aren’t enough for a good winter soak, but there are splendid exceptions.

    Volcanoes too have their entrances and their exits, and 5 million years is a long time dead even on the lifespan of a big volcano. The world has kind-of literally moved on since then. If there's another in the Banks Peninsula family of volcanoes in the next few million years, it will probably pop up somewhere else.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 775 posts Report Reply

  • richard,

    @Steve MARK QUIGLEY’S HOMEPAGE

    Wow -- that has to be in the running for the prize for "fanciest webpage for an academic scientist who does not also have a book contract".

    It even has a login and registration box (although I am not sure why).

    HTML handcoded in emacs won't cut it these days, by the look of things.

    [I am not being snide about this -- he (or someone else) has done a really nice job]

    Not looking for New Engla… • Since Nov 2006 • 254 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    canny...

    The rising sun Edmonds symbol was a hint.
    subversion in every kitchen

    we keep our powder dry,
    the people are sure to rise...


    Spring loaded...

    There are thermal springs near Tai Tapu & Governors Bay.
    I don't buy the extinct line.
    I've heard of these, but never found 'em. Any clues!? A thermal spring would be a grand way to spend a winter's evening.

    Hanmer Springs are not volcanic, heated by fault/plate pressure
    as I understand it (so maybe not so reassuring)...


    Ticking off the boxes...

    stashed inside a nice insulted box.

    I must try this, what are the best insults to use?
    - "Chill out ya square!"
    - "Call your self white ware?"
    - "You are frigid dear!"

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    "a"????

    Hmmph.....Insulting bastard.

    Insulting!
    InSUlting!!
    InSULTING!!
    INSULTING!!!!
    What a billy bunt.

    Heh. I wondered what the hell you were going on about. Now what do I do? Keep insulting other's spelling mistakes or now leave it alone?

    Nah. Keep it up!

    We're picky pricks aren't we.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Word swerve...

    Now what do I do?
    Keep insulting other's spelling mistakes
    or now leave it alone?
    Nah. Keep it up!
    We're picky pricks aren't we.

    Indeed, come join us hangers-on in the secret hangar of
    The League of Extraordinarily Well Hung Pendants
    [sic]:- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    There are many thermal springs not associated with volcanoes ancient or modern – Morere hot springs for example near Gisborne, nothing significantly volcanic within 100 km.

    Or, hey, Hanmer Springs - anyone worried about volcanoes there?

    (Also, it's a curious inversion of priorities, volcano-wise, to make sceptical noises about Banks Peninsula when, well, Auckland.)

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2087 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Indeed, come join us hangers-on in the secret hangar of
    The League of Extraordinarily Well Hung Pendants

    Ian, are you a...member? I heard rumours.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    [I am not being snide about this -- he (or someone else) has done a really nice job]

    It is, indeed, a well built site and Hosted, it seems, in the cloud. These guys are behind it. More bloody Aussies for us to "Catchup" with.

    And on the subject of members...

    Mayoral candidate Colin Craig said Mr Banks had a vocal, one-eyed support team who constantly interrupted Mr Williams.

    "It was extremely childish. There were no punches or anything physical involved other than the two were right in each other's face.

    "It was like two cocks in a cock fight."

    Well, you are what you eat, as they say.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4441 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    And whilst we're on that subject...
    One of Nationals little, well actually not that little, rather chubby, helpers
    The Oily one may have his uses.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4441 posts Report Reply

  • amanda peter,

    just slightly before 7 days to the minute and
    [http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html]

    NZST: Fri, Sep 10 2010 10:04 pm# Magnitude: 4.3 and once again we watched each other to see if we needed to develop our response into something more protective.

    one 14y one 17 & 2 parents one concious & one exhausted...

    everyone has a torch a phone, 2-3 hiding places, 2 escape routes and a safe house if out when another mean one hits. Mostly someone awake...
    Wonder about leaving again the city... bailing think about going back to school on Monday...

    Just thought I'd say don't have to know you to tell you this is not pleasant

    Otautahi-the flat city • Since Sep 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • amanda peter,

    Sorry... effective posting inhibited by amount of glass embedded in floor, spooky rolling nature of walls and amount of wine/tonic used, sad about our provincial town...

    The thing is we should not live here!! is the overriding feeling.
    Once again waiting to see if girls settle... the most interesting thing for me is when that 7.1 hit for the first time in my life I knew we were it...

    Otautahi-the flat city • Since Sep 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Effective nevertheless Amanda - but I'm sorry you got no sympathetic response in the night, instead from an early riser from where the birds have already finished greeting the new dawn.

    If your house is OK enough now I guess that means you're not in the worst liquefaction zones. The aftershocks seem to be tailing off implying much reduced likelihood of fundamentally bigger ones to come (a credible expert yesterday said now only 10% likelihood), so soon your Christchurch will return to the 'somewhat lower risk of catastrophic earthquake damage than many other places' sort of place that it was.

    But I guess that 'always darkest before the dawn' crap doesn't help with the stress of living through it day by day. Best wishes to your family for the days to come.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 775 posts Report Reply

  • amanda peter,

    tks for that Chris, perspective it seems is harder to keep than chimneys:) beautiful spring day here

    Otautahi-the flat city • Since Sep 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Last couple of days been at a conference at Te Papa - where the prominent display of what you need in an emergency kit is very very, popular.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Kim_Wright,

    Hi All. Here are some great fact sheets in plain English from a disaster psychologist (Dr Sarb Johal) that give great tips on how to work through the huge range of emotions and behaviours that are normal following extreme events such as the CHCH Earthquake and aftershocks. Recognises that everyone processes these things differently and some people need a bit more help to feel better.

    Great for helping yourself, children, teenagers, friends, other relatives etc. Just scroll to the bottom of the homepage on the link below and you will see a list of fact sheets (only a couple of pages each) to download with great tips that explain clearly why and how people process the stress caused by disasters and ways to work towards feeling better. Separate ones for dealing with children's stress, for volunteers, for helping yourself and so on. please pass on to anyone you know who needs a bit of support. Cheers

    http://disasters.massey.ac.nz/

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    There's a really great article by Philip Matthews in the Press, on how the quake news unfolded. Manages to be informative, funny, and humane at once.

    I'm a wee bit embarrassed at being so thoroughly name-checked, for what was just an accident of timing and geography -- but glad to see such a coherent account. And HarvestBird gets the last word :-)

    Amanda, thank you so much for checking in - sorry more of us weren't around for a midnight chat. I hope things are brighter in the daytime and/or that your escape plan pans out.

    And Kim, that is a very useful link, thank you. So much of what's emerging from Chch is an echo of what it was like to be in NYC nine years ago; the rolling trauma, the jumpiness, the determined coping, the fiercely energetic mucking-in, the falling apart. It's useful to have a set of emotional roadmaps for what is (normally, for most of us) unfamiliar territory.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1408 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    And while I'm mentioning excellent writing by Reliable People Actually On the Unreliable Ground Besides Emma and David, these are absolute must-reads:

    Harvestbird writes exquisitely on How to Be Brave.

    Cheryl Bernstein delves into the bittersweet the Aesthetics of Earthquakes.

    Moata Tamaira manifests an enviable sense of humour about the whole darn thing (best read in order). But where is Chewbacca?

    13 Things Mike Dickison Learned from an Earthquake and his droll follow-up Aftershock Diary

    Adrienne Rewi always has amazing combinations of words and images, never more so than now.

    Hopefully Philip M will update his own blog in coming days.

    Who else am I missing? Once assembled, I will fold this list into a new post so the rest of the world can find them more easily.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1408 posts Report Reply

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