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South Island quake

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 am, November 14th, 2016 - 115 comments
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[As of 7:50am standing down from “live” updates – plenty of coverage in the media now (RNZ was brilliant right from the start), over and out]

Felt all over the country. Hope everyone is OK – especially Christchurch.

Now turning in to a system of quakes

Reports of bad damage in Cheviot and Kaikoura. A rail bridge at ferry terminal down in Wellington. Power outages. Now sounding like widespread and significant damage. Casualties likely in Kaikoura and possible elsewhere.

BE CAREFUL ON ROADS. Sections of South Island SH1 and SH7 closed.

Beach and shore warning (original major Tsunami warning is over).

Wellington recommends avoid CBD today (all trains cancelled).

Schools from North Canterbury to Wellington are closed.

Scholarship exams today are postponed, NCEA exams proceeding where possible (and “derived grades” elsewhere) – official link.

RNZ is doing excellent work, broadcast and online:
Earthquake: What you need to know
LIVE: Tsunami threat after earthquake rocks country

Ahh – The Herald has woken up and now has plenty of useful info.

And just for kicks – bad weather is predicted through the affected regions.

Geonet.

#eqnz

https://twitter.com/NaomiArnold/status/797875676288139264

https://twitter.com/viralpoet/status/797880825710657537


Update midday – Two people have died, one in Kaikoura and one in Mount Lyford.

115 comments on “South Island quake”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Geonet is showing a lot of phantom quakes, thanks to their new Geonet Rapid system.

    So far there seem to have been the first quake +3 aftershocks that I’ve felt, but geonet is showing upwards of a dozen, with many showing in the north island that I’m sure aren’t happening.

    • joe90 1.1

      Reported quakes in Waverly, Taupo, Taranaki and Taihape yet we’ve felt nothing here in Whanagnui.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        Thanks, that confirms my theory. A 4.2M quake was shown 95km west of Auckland, which is just not credible.

        http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2016p858034

        GNS duty seismologist on RNZ has just said that many of these quakes are ghost quakes.

        • save nz 1.1.1.1

          Felt small tremor just after 12am in Auckland so the west Auckland Quakes recorded are credible.

          Feel for everyone affected.

          Unbelievable there were so many Quakes around the country and that one was 7.8 – stay safe.

        • Molly 1.1.1.2

          Was awake when the quake happened off the West Coast of Auckland talking with a visiting friend, and noticed the lights swinging. So that is not a recorded ghost.

          • Lanthanide 1.1.1.2.1

            It’s since been marked as Deleted by GNS because it was a ghost quake.

            You may have felt a quake around that time, but that doesn’t mean it was located where GNS pinpointed that one to.

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      I’m going back to bed.

  2. mauī 3

    There’s at least a chance Donald Trump is currently boring a tunnel underneath New Zealand just to piss people off.

  3. weka 4

    RNZ report the tsunami warning from Civil Defense, and they’re saying to take it seriously. This is an hour after the quake. How many people have gone back to bed? Are the aftershocks big enough to keep people awake? Just wondering if I should start phoning people.

    No info on what high ground means, or how soon a tidal wave might arrive.

    RNZ just said this,

    3km from coast, higher ground.

    2km from coast, onto a hill.

    • weka 4.1

      am getting cell phones going straight to answerph. Are there issues with the networks?

      • joe90 4.1.1

        Most likely volume of traffic.

      • Rosemary McDonald 4.1.2

        Natrad, RNZ doing an excellent job…have been all over this since the first quake.

        Personally, if I lived by the coast in an area under tsunami warning I’d be in a state of preparedness.

        Better safe than sorry.

        2m tsunami at Kaikoura, strange tidal movements around Wellington.

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      The tsunami warning is due to this aftershock: http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2016p858074

      Personally I don’t think it’ll amount to anything; it’s just not big enough. Also, a quake in water doesn’t mean a tsunami – it depends on the fault action as to whether/how the seabed is moved.

      Right, now I’m *really* going to bed.

    • mauī 4.3

      Newstalk zb just said the kaikoura tsunami station recorded a swell up to 1 metre. Civil Defence has put out a warning.

  4. Rosemary McDonald 5

    Felt strong enough to wake us up here west of Hamilton.

    Scary part was the water in the full underground tanks sloshing around for a good five minutes once the shaking stopped.

    111 system down throughout the country.

    Be safe everyone.

  5. weka 6

    Reports of damage coming in. A rail bridge for loading at one of the ferry ports (Picton? Welly?) has collapsed. Burst pipes. Glass damage. Cracked roads (Kaikoura?)

  6. Poission 7

    Radio nz reporting rail bridge at interislander collapsed at wellington

  7. Ovid 8

    RNZ is doing amazing work. Didn’t feel any shakes in Dunedin.

    • Invisible Axe 8.1

      We did in South Dunedin, went for at least a minute, possibly near 2 minutes, just went on & on, was a mild rumble rolling earthquake, I have felt 100s in my lifetime but this was one of the weirdest. Tomahawk & Brighton all evacuated, but not us in South D.

  8. Lanthanide 9

    Now the EQC merry go round will be starting back up again.

    Presumably this’ll kill the tax cuts, I believe the government has to pay for the first $1.5b in damages before the reinsurance kicks in

    • Depends how big the residential bill is. If it’s relatively small it might simply come out of the NDF. (which you pay indirectly for by buying private insurance) All the damage to commercial buildings and property is covered by private insurance, not by EQC, so the Wellington CBD and similar damage won’t be covered.

      If it’s large enough to empty out the National Disaster Fund again (and I think it’s still pretty empty at the moment compared to the billions it had before the Christchurch events…) then yeah, the government would probably have to top up EQC, at which stage, goodbye surplus once again.

  9. weka 10

    Tsunami warning now extended to east coast of NI (RNZ).

    • weka 10.1

      Civil Defence says people on the east coast of both the North and South Island should move to higher ground immediately, as a tsunami was generated by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake at midnight.

      It describes it as possibly destructive.

      Civil defence says the first wave has arrived in the North Eastern Coast of the South Island and may hit the North Island shortly.

      It says the first wave may not be the largest and and waves may continue for several hours.

      It says people in all eastern coastal areas should stay out of the water, and off beaches, and listen to the radio or TV for updates.

      Meanwhile, the police have confirmed the 111 system is now back up and running.

      Live updates on RNZ http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/318002/live-tsunami-threat-after-earthquake-rocks-country

  10. Lanthanide 11

    Original quake has been upgraded to 7.5 magnitude

  11. Ovid 12

    The Wellington buoy is starting to see some activity. And Christchurch, for that matter.

    http://images.geonet.org.nz/tsunami/plots/latest/detide.png

  12. weka 13

    WREMO ‏@WREMOinfo 11m11 minutes ago
    This is complex series of quakes on land and sea making it difficult to assess. We’ll keep you posted as info comes in #eqnz

  13. mauī 14

    From listening to the radio tsunami sirens at New Brighton and some in Wellington went off about 2 hours after the initial quake. That seems way too late for people to react if it is life threatening. Both areas are experiencing heavy traffic as well as people get away. Also upgrading the magnitude from a 6.6 to 7.5 hours after the quake is not great for communicating the seriousness of the quake.

  14. Manuka AOR 15

    They’re evacuating people in Dunedin apparently – CV – Let us know when/ if you’re okay? Report said they’re driving around with loudspeakers to get people out.

    (I slept through this one.)

  15. Manuka AOR 16

    Outside, dogs are howling in the distance – some are barking, some are howling like wolves – weird sound that I have rarely heard. All the other animals and birds are silent.

  16. Manuka AOR 18

    Here are the Tsunami Evacuation Zones, with maps:
    http://www.getprepared.org.nz/tsunami-zone-maps

    Includes parts of Wellington City, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Wairarapa, Kapiti

  17. Cinny 19

    Last night was terrifying, was like the quake wouldn’t stop, woke us all up, huddled under beds waiting for it to stop. Kids ended up sleeping with me, listening to the wireless while the aftershocks carried on. We are in Motueka, was waiting for the house to fall down around us, really scary.

    Our place and the houses surrounding are on bore water, the water coming out of the tap this morning is brown. Bottled water for us today.

    Thinking of all kiwis, stay safe and please check on your neighbours, especially the elderly, whom may be scared after last night and need some reassurance, even if there is no damage in your area. Maybe while checking on the neighbours, let them know if anything like that happens again you will be there for them. I worry about the oldies, especially those living alone.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86416547/cheviot-earthquake-what-you-need-to-know

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86416880/cheviot-earthquake-tracing-the-source-of-the-quake

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      Our place and the houses surrounding are on bore water, the water coming out of the tap this morning is brown. Bottled water for us today.

      Looks like rain today and over the next week for you so set up some sort of catchment system and you should be right.

      • Cinny 19.1.1

        Good thinking, thanks.

        Just sent the kids around the oldies in the houses next door with some bottled water incase they need a cuppa.

  18. lprent 20

    Had a peaceful sleep in Auckland. Just woke up to read about it on bbc world. Feels kind of weird.

    r0b: Good work getting this post up. Are your folks OK.

  19. Lanthanide 21

    It seems like it was much worse in Wellington than it was Christchurch. GNS say it was a complex event, with an initial 7m event, followed by a 100s quake consistent with a 7.9m – USGS has had it pegged at 7.8m since it struck.

    GNS are investigating the length of the rupture, and think that it may have extended up into cooks straight.

  20. swordfish 22

    Hope everyone’s OK. We’re just about to head to Heathrow for return to Wellington after 2 months in the UK.

    Freaking Hell !!!

  21. Ad 23

    WEll done Rob excellent work and appreciate your vigilance.

  22. Carolyn_nth 24

    Hope all are OK.

    Woke a little while ago and checked my email. An email from a friend in the UK just had a subject line saying it sounds awful & asks if I’m OK. Moved it to junk mail folder as I hadn’t emailed her that I had any problems.

    Then checked the news. Retrieved the email from junk folder.

    • dukeofurl 24.1

      Movin emails like that to junk folder may mean the sender will get all emails automatically to junk. Junk folder can work differently to other folders ( depends on software you are using)

  23. Cinny 25

    TVNZ appear to have rather comprehensive coverage this morning. Crikey there are some massive slips covering the coastal highway in Kaikoura, heaps of aftershocks.

    Experts saying it was a ‘complex’ quake.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/live-stream-breakfast-q15155

    • greywarshark 25.1

      Hope all are coping. Thanks Rob for setting up post. Amazing shot of the cliff tumble down at Kaikoura. Thanks for getting the image and thanks for putting it up. It will be the example of the damage to the countryside that we have received. Comment by Radionz reporter that it was lucky not in daytime Wellington as much glass on the ground. Just a shard would slice and dice you.

      There was some pseudo on Radionz rabbiting on this morning as if he had something worthwhile to say. Actually he did and he said people to help each other, and wanted us to behave as if society exists! Right on John, that’s what we must do, pity it didn’t include you and your robber mates. (Jto look responsible and then only oke about a bum signwriter who painted business sign over car yard – Used Johns from Honest Car). This is how NZ is to be under National, coping with our own disasters, while the richies drop in bits of aid and then only when supplicated and then distance themselves to their places of retreat which only they know.

      Kia kaha Pike River women. I hope you on your brave and lonely vigil and your supporters are all right. And keep warm the climate change weather syndrome is bringing more rain than we can handle. Watch out that you don’t get blocked in by slips. It may be wise to sojourn in a safe place for a short time, regroup and plan further action,.

      • Manuka AOR 25.1.1

        Kia kaha Pike River women. I hope you on your brave and lonely vigil and your supporters are all right.

        Yes, the thoughts of many are with you.

      • Wayne 25.1.2

        greywarshark,

        In the circumstances your comment is too political.

        From direct experience, the whole of government rallies around in an event like this. The Civil Defence HQ in the basement of the Beehive will be in full operation. All of the resources of the state will be mobilised, and contractors with heavy machinery will be getting stuck in.

        There will be a massive effort put into opening the roads and rail links, and supporting people in need.

        All sorts of people will be putting in long hours, from the PM, key Ministers, departmental heads through to the privates in the NZ Army or the drivers of heavy machinery and Red Cross workers delivering meals.

        New Zealand is pretty capable in dealing with these events, and our capability has improved as a result of the earthquakes in Christchurch.

        • pat 25.1.2.1

          “New Zealand is pretty capable in dealing with these events, and our capability has improved as a result of the earthquakes in Christchurch.”

          now that we’ve come to an arrangement with the reinsurers…..lets hope EQC/EQR have learned the lesson of 10,000 plus re (and in many cases re) repairs 6 years on.

        • greywarshark 25.1.2.2

          @Wayne
          Everything in life is political (of or relating to the government or public affairs of a country) – that is off google. But when the private life of the people suffers from government interfering, as in most of the time with street cameras or phone tapping or infiltrating to monitor someone’s life or demanding private details from anybody connected to the person, then I claim that everything is up for grabs by gummint.

          My comment was particularly sharp when talking about Jonkey – it wasn’t a comment critiquing all the aid that goes in when under the spotlight. But I said This is how NZ is to be under National, coping with our own disasters, while the richies drop in bits of aid and then only when supplicated and then distance themselves to their places of retreat which only they know.

          That comment still stands. The aid is in the process of being dropped in at present. Then the Budget will start to resonate and balanced against that will be the preparation for next year’s election. Then the fine political tuning will really come into play.

        • mauī 25.1.2.3

          Perfect time to make the tough calls and can the uneconomic roads of national significance don’t you reckon? Get back to repairing the road (SH1) and rail links that our economy actually depends on.

          • Wayne 25.1.2.3.1

            I am pretty sure that the repairs will be focussed on reinforcing this link. In practical terms it is a road of national significance.

            This event also reinforces why Transmission Gully is going ahead. To give the capital more resilience on the main access. Probably something similar is required for the vulnerable links near Kaikoura. No doubt quite an engineering challenge to design a practical alternative.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 25.1.2.3.1.1

              …not to mention the issue of finding a National Party donor to enrich in the process.

            • mauī 25.1.2.3.1.2

              Last I heard Transmission gully had 20 or so bridge crossings (some quite large) and looking at some of the elevation changes its going to have its own trouble with slips. If a big one hits money is going to have to be split between fixing the now 3 routes into-out of Wellington. That doesnt seem rational, building surplus infrastructure that doesn’t fix your access problem and stretches what’s left in the kitty even more so.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 25.1.2.4

          The solution is to defund mental health services to pay for more roads. The market will provide, and when it doesn’t you can deny the problem far more easily.

  24. Hope everyone is safe.

    Still aftrshocks. Not too bad in the bay but Kaikoura I’m feeling for you and the other close spots. Fbook helped straight after the shaking my post of holy shit helped me. Kids slept through but not us. Bit nervey I have to say. Got text from US from someone just stopping fbook because of fears of youknowwho. we are connected. Stay safe.

  25. Lanthanide 27

    Insurance premiums will be rising further. Also I think there may be some insurance company bailouts – Tower was already not in the best shape thanks to Christchurch.

    • millsy 27.1

      The CHC earthquakes were probably the reason the government decided to quietly forget about opening ACC up to competition from private insurers.

  26. Cinny 28

    All schools are closed for the day in Motueka, Riwaka, Richmond, not sure about other areas in Tasman.

    • marty mars 28.1

      Pretty sure all closed here in the bay – sons one is anyway

      Wonder how murch and springs iare going

      • Cinny 28.1.1

        Lets hope EQC can get around all the schools today so they can open tomorrow

        Heard that it’s all schools from North Canterbury up to Welly, that’s loads of schools. Hope parents are coping re work etc.

        Edit… just had another aftershock.. on Geonet, turns out wasn’t an aftershock, rather a quake centred in St Arnaud

  27. ttd 30

    SO did the traffic from Lyall Bay leaving [because of the tsunami warning] pass the traffic heading to catch the early flights as the airport remained open? WTF

  28. Enough is Enough 31

    Raglan has no water

    • dukeofurl 31.1

      How can you even drink it – Its Graded E /D by Waikato Regional Council
      E for the distribution system and D for the source.
      Do you not have roof tanks ?

  29. Chch_chiquita 32

    It was strong enough to wake us up here in Christchurch. Well, not all of us. One teenage boy woke up this morning at about 8am and had a puzzled look on his face when he realized the drama he missed during the night. But he was always like that through all the quakes. But with the other one it will take another round of recovery 🙁
    We are tired. So, so tired and it doesn’t look like there will be an end to it.
    Our thoughts with the people and families of those who died and are in the centre of it. Hard time is ahead of them.

  30. Manuka AOR 33

    Someone was on Radio Live 5 mins ago saying that it was just after another quake that Pike River happened, and that all mines should be closed now until the main aftershocks are over and they are sure that all is safe.

    • Lanthanide 33.1

      The pike river disaster had nothing to do with the quakes, and everything to do with the lax safety environment at the mine, and management pushing for profits ahead of everything else. The mine was also poorly designed and didn’t have a proper alternative escape route.

      In the weeks before the disaster, miners had been covering up the gas sensors, because every time I’ve went off they had to stop production and exit the mine, which took about 2 hours before production could resume.

      • Manuka AOR 33.1.1

        Yes, nevertheless Pike River happened one month to the day following a major aftershock of that 2010 Canterbury Quake.

        How safe are the other mines? If they’re not 100%, it might be a good time to stop and check and do upgrades.

        • Cinny 33.1.1.1

          if they are checking the schools surely they will be checking the mines as well, surely it would be part of their OSH policy. Regardless of whether or not Pike was earthquake related.

          • Manuka AOR 33.1.1.1.1

            Well I hope so, but unless I see confirmation of that somewhere, I wouldn’t rely on it.

        • dukeofurl 33.1.1.2

          The thing to keep in mind is that in general underground things like tunnels or mines behave differently to those structures above ground.

          eg Lyttleton tunnels were completely undamaged in spite of being very close to the Feb earthquake epicentre ( Heathcote valley), where the ground g was the massively high.

  31. dukeofurl 34

    With the ‘supermoon’ tonight , I expect we will be hearing TOO much from Ken Ring in the next few days

  32. Lanthanide 35

    Been visiting enough pages with “hanmer springs” on them, that Google is now showing me ads for the thermal pools there. A bit ironic.

  33. weka 36

    Anyone got an official time for how long the first quake was? Probably the longest one I’ve been in.

  34. weka 37

    Stuff are reporting that two people died 🙁 I Can’t get their site to load properly, but this is apparently the link,

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/86416304/live-north-canterbury-quake

  35. adam 38

    Is it me or just saying the 111 system fail is ‘deeply worrying’ more than a bit of a b.s response from the P.M. He the guy that smiles and says everything is alright all the time, then another systemic failure on his watch, and the media let him get away with ‘deeply worrying’.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/earthquakes/news/article.cfm?c_id=184&objectid=11747731

    Oh wait is that too political, too soon, can’t ask hard questions at this time, and our media never bloody will. So next time more people will die, because this lot wreak, and no one is stopping them.

    • dukeofurl 38.1

      Your link doesnt give any info about the ‘111 problem’. Whats your point there.

      • adam 38.1.1

        That Key is getting a free pass on systemic failure once again.

        I thought that was clear, maybe we read a different piece?

        • gsays 38.1.1.1

          I recall a similar scenario re pike river.
          An Aussie journo got dissed by.the local scribes for questiong the wisdom of having the local bobby leading the ‘rescue team’.

          Too sensitive my backside!

  36. dukeofurl 39

    Kaikoura will have to be evacuated , theres a sealed inland road, but that of course will be damaged and takes you to the Waiau area which will be damaged too.
    But theres really no choice.

    No power, no food, no water in the Kaikoura area. Coast roads wont be opened for 9-18 months, such as the scale of damage. Cant even get in to look at damage till quakes calm down as its too dangerous to remove the landslips.

    • dukeofurl 39.1

      A bit hasty there. Main Power the local lines company says :
      Following this morning’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake, power has now been restored to the greater part of the MainPower electricity distribution network, including Hanmer Springs and some parts of the Kaikoura township.
      Areas still without power include Culverden and Cheviot (approximately 1,200 homes).

  37. dv 40

    Any one know how they are plan to feed the patients in Dunedin hospital?

    • weka 40.1

      were they trucking that food down? I guess they will have to fly it for now. Is the rail line screwed too?

      • dv 40.1.1

        Don’t know I sort of remember they were trucking to frozen food down.

        Found it

        Meals on wheels will be made in Auckland and trucked to Dunedin and Invercargill under a proposal to outsource hospital food services, the Compass Group confirmed yesterday.
        https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/frozen-meals-sent-auckland

        . Flying will stuff the profits.

        • weka 40.1.1.1

          A positive from the quake then.

          If the rail is out too, it won’t just be the hospital food though, there will be lots of changes to food distribution in the SI. I guess they can ship to Lyttleton and Port Chalmers.

          • dukeofurl 40.1.1.1.1

            Roads from Nelson south are open.
            Theres an inland route from Blenheim south , that goes near Hamner Springs and Waiau, but the damage around there should be more quickly fixed than the coastal route ( up to 18 months or more)

            Virtually no coastal shipping anymore, so dont count on that.

            • Rosemary McDonald 40.1.1.1.1.1

              “Virtually no coastal shipping anymore, so dont count on that.”

              A clever company, like say, a company that has both trucks and ferries, might like to consider loading at Wellington and unloading at Lyttleton for a while. Reverse would apply.

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