Just spoke to dad who's down there at the moment with rest of family, he was playing a game of tennis and said he was just about to kick my brothers
ass, when all of a sudden he couldn't hit the ball hahaha!
Said newstalk zb (big talkback radio) is offline, evacuated from central city. Also said grand chancellor hotel is evacuated which is on cashell st.
And added that from what he's heard the whole cbd is evacuated.. My mum was in cbd at the time she said she's fine, so damage may not be as bad as
initially reported. Apparently a shelf nearly fell on my sister and her newborn.
When I was down there recently I saw many manhole covers that were raised nearly half a meter out of the road through subsidence and many bridges out
Havn't felt anything in Auckland, did a few weeks back though.
edit: just heard something like a large 4 engined freight train that approached and departed swiftly and shook a similar amount. train tracks are too
far away to be that loud (used to live close enough to have similar effect). Perhaps an aftershock?? I don't know. Activity on geonet matches up with
chch measurements though at 0 minutes currently, but nothing showing in Auckland.
edit2: quake i felt in akl confirmed by TOZ station.. wow!
edit on 21/2/11 by GhostR1der because: (no reason given)