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Large earthquake hits Christchurch

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posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:01 PM
reply to post by elrey72011

You also have to take in to account how deep in to the earth the jolt was.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:18 PM
Sending good wishes to our members there -- so sorry that you're going through such scary times. I'm sure a lot of folks will be having flashback problems.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:22 PM
reply to post by BRITWARRIOR

omg.. It's not just the size of the earthquake. There are plenty of earthquakes in New Zealand each day and other countries with fault lines. The reason why they aren't felt as bad is because they are extremely deep. This would explain why you experienced a 6.0 that wasn't very strong.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:29 PM
reply to post by GrinchNoMore

Does not make everything we read have to be a conspiracy. When I signed up I wasn't told ''Everything everyone posts is a conspiracy and cannot be explained by anything normal''. I might make a thread about me making a sandwhich. Would that make it a conspiracy. This is a site to discuss, prove and debunk conspiracies. Not to prove and make everything that happens a conspiracy. Sorry for being off topic. Im in Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, NZ and I hope everyone in ChCh is okay. When I first heard about it all that went through my mind was the February Eaarthquke and how devastating that was. I prayed it wasn't as bad and that no one was seriously hurt or .. worse..

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:30 PM

Originally posted by GrinchNoMore

Originally posted by steveknows
Even an act of nature is being seen as a conspiracy. Why am I still suprised about some of the low IQ's on ats?

Pretty High IQ scientists have been playing God with all sorts of things and for over a 100 years have been interested in such tech... you cannot prove this is just some act of nature so why bother.

For you, everything is all NORMAL here...this site is for conspiracy talk NOT mainstream inside the box thinkers

You're right but the theme is deny ignorance. I just think it's a bit sad when is such a serious real life situation the conspiracy people can't let up for a second and have to say "they" did it. Well the fact is that if a big one strikes again "they" will be pulling out all stops to help people.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 07:36 PM

Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by steveknows

Not everyone thinks that. The fact that you are making a statement about people's IQ when you don't even know them...not to mention making such a rude comment says something about you as well. Not trying to be rude back, but that was uncalled for.
edit on 12/23/2011 by StealthyKat because: (no reason given)

So what are you saying? when people blame TPTB for the earthquake we're all supposed to nod our heads? You might not want to deny ignorance but I do. And as far as not knowing them when someone insinuates that chemtrails caused the earthquake I can get a fair idea of where their heads at. Even if you fail to.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 08:11 PM
I also have to comment on the strange skys the two days before and during the day of the quake.

Around 8:00pm two days before, I saw a couple of trails in the sky that lingered for a longtime, and spread out slowly. The same the next evening and in the morning of the quakes when I went out to do my banking.

During those orevious days, I spent a lot more time observing the skies, than I'd usually bother with...there was just something niggling away at me.

I have to admit that I was having some bad vibes, that there was something building up.

Strangely enough both mornings before the quakes, I had random nosebleeds which was very unusal.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 10:46 PM
reply to post by SpaceJockey1

Well one thing is for sure. The sky yesterday had alot more thick trails in it. I work outside at home, and never really see any thick contrails or chemtrails. Usally the planes that fly at high altitude over CHCH from down south heading north, or vice verser have small contrails. But yesterday they were very long. Actully they went from hrizon to horizon, and spread. Im still up in the air about the contrail vs chemtrail thing anyway. Im just saying.

posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 10:50 PM
A friend of mine in NZ posted this video on facebook of his Security cameras capturing the 1st EQ yesterday

Maybe we could allow all CHCHCH-ians to flee by boat and come to Australia.

Stay safe guys, I'll be there at end of January for the racing at Timaru


posted on Dec, 24 2011 @ 06:03 AM

Originally posted by mungodave

Originally posted by BRITWARRIOR
Misleading title

4.9 is nothing, i have been in a 4.9 EQ, its nothing at all really

even 6.0 is a standard EQ, so title should read small EQ in Christchurch

The title is not misleading.

You did not bother to read the OP.

Ignorance is bliss eh Brit?

The 4.9 happened on the "seventeenth"

I did read the OP & the link, The title is misleading, simply because it is not a LARGE EQ, and since NZ sits on an active fault line these sized EQ are quite a normal and average sized, 7 - 9 i would consider a large EQ or is that just me?, a 6 is normal for literally ever country that lays on an active fault, am wrong?

I apologise to all the NZ in this thread for sounding harsh, it was abit stupid for me to be honest to post such a thing when people are on edge like some of you no doubt are/was, i didn't think... so i apologize to you guys, i know you guys have been through hell lately and my heart goes out to you all, it was not directed at any of you, my point was simply aimed at the thread title nothing more,

When i see the thread title LARGE EQ Christchurch, my heart sank, i thought to my self oh no... but when i looked at the EQ size i was very much relived for you guy over there, i think that was most likely the reason for my quick and Unthought Through response, so again apologies to those offended

posted on Dec, 25 2011 @ 06:01 AM
Sorry for the late to the table post, didn't even think to look for a thread on ATS.

I am in CHCH on holiday. Some people said the 5.8 hit harder others the 6.0. For us the 6.0 definately hit harder. The initial wave was very violent and did not have the usual freight train sound that the earlier in the day quakes had. I jumped up out of my seat and headed for the door. As I opened the door some even bigger waves hit and threw me around violently, I was nearly knocked to the ground, I dropped my cellphone but kept my sandwiches on the plate like a boss

When being thrown around like that, it is very hard to see. I've been lifting weights 3-4x a week for 6 years, I was powerless to do anything. You can't anticipate the movement and you feel very helpless. The smaller waves after are just like being on a boat, you are bobbing around in slow waves, feels very unusual if you lay on the ground. This can be seen in Japan videos too, especially the one when water comes out of the pavement/fields on a reclaimed land section.

I did not see any iridescent clouds and I checked the sky carefully. Dog was unhapy of course. I did feel a weird upper head/possibly electromagnetic feeling. Could be simply pressure waves, or movement of quartz in the ground or a scalar field of some sort, either man made or natural.

It was a rush for me but for residents it was an annoyance or a worrying thing to occur. East got nailed with liquefaction and some building damage around the area. Smelled sewage/suplhery smell shortly after, could be methane escaping the ground or broken services.

We just had 2 medium small bumps while I wrote this.. it has been relatively quiet though over the last day, so I wonder if we are due for some trouble tomorrow (pressure built up perhaps?).

edit: and yes one or two large contrails were visible. They are entirely natural for a plane to create as the pressure and temperature difference caused by wing and engine interactaction with air at upper altitudes. But yes chemtrails have been proven, I doubt a single trail would be of much use though

edit on 25/12/11 by GhostR1der because: contrails

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 01:20 AM
Doobes sounds like you work night shift at maybe Progressive? I work there on the morning shift lol.

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 03:17 PM

Originally posted by Destinyone
Found all is normal and well there.

New boiling hot springs near Christchurch? New volcano activity?

– March 10, 2011Posted in: Earth changes, Seismic activities, Volcanoes

IceAgeNow posted a letter from concerned reader writting about new hot spring formed in the area of Cass Bay near Christchurch. There were various reports recently about new hot springs boiling in the peninsula. People also reporting the stench of sulphur emanating from the harbour area. Navy and army are apparently combing the area with geological survey tools. Residents are scarred that Ruaumoko volcano is coming to life. 36 million liters of water mysteriously disappeared from a reservoir in Huntsbury New Zealand following the February 22nd 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. In past 7 days there were 88 earthquakes reported in Christchurch.

Also this...same article.

Subduction zone cross section (graphics by Paul Fazey)

Subduction zones always have associated volcanoes inland from the point of contact and on the east coast of the South Island are several, each one occupied by a major town or city: Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin. Subduction zone volcanoes are never extinct, only dormant. New Zealand in general and the South Island especially sits astride a subduction zone where the sea floor on the west side is pushing under the sea floor on the east side causing uplift.

Volcanoes of very fine silt have sprung up around the Christchurch area since the initial quake, some as high as 2 metres have been likened to termite hills. These cones seem be linked to the smell of sulphur in some places.

Banks Peninsula forms the most prominent volcanic feature of the South Island. Geologically, the peninsula comprises the eroded remnants of two large shield volcanoes (Lyttelton fand Akaroa). The peninsula formed as offshore islands, with the volcanoes reaching to about 1,500 m above sea level. Two dominant craters formed Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours.

Sorry, just wanted to say that that is absolute crap and is not based in fact at all. It's been dealt with in other Christchurch earthquake threads.

Ever heard of an anoxic sediments?

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 03:34 PM

Originally posted by eargasm
One thing i did notice this morning though is there were alot of blotchy clouds in the morning about 7.45 - 10 o'clock in hornby whether they have anything to do with this i do not know anyone have harrp readings?

Why do people always come to these sorts of conclusions?
Is it because there is little (Earth) Science of quality taught in NZ schools?

Cloud types

Cloud Appreciation Society

I saw some beautiful altocumulus clouds (reminded me of brains) in the late morning.

Dr Quigs

ChCh Quake map

Canterbury Quake live

My position is that all the Christchurch earthquakes are natural events, due to our position astride a plate boundary, on a planet with active tectonics. There is no fracking here, no nefarious deeds from HAARP, no chemtrail link; just pure,beautiful earth movements.
Banks Peninsula is not going to become an active volcanic centre again, and think about the geothermal gradient with regards to hot springs.

Anyway, it wasn't pleasant at all. I'm out of ChCh now (about 50 km away) and was lying down, relaxing in the sun, looking at the cool clouds while savouring a nice hoppy beer when the earth moved. It took me a little while to register that if we had felt it like that here it must be pretty bad in the City. Certainly the second major one (6.0 from memory) didn't sound very good at all, and there are people such as my colleague Vannessa who are increasingly despairing at their situation.
edit on 26-12-2011 by aorAki because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 03:43 PM

Originally posted by BRITWARRIOR
Misleading title

4.9 is nothing, i have been in a 4.9 EQ, its nothing at all really

even 6.0 is a standard EQ, so title should read small EQ in Christchurch

Hey plonker, it depends on many variables, such as the depth, the local/regional geology and the 'speed' (i.e. this swarm had one at 1G).
Due to the particular geology of the Christchurch Urban Area, there is high potential for liquefaction with quakes of this magnitude, so saying it is 'nothing' is not understanding the complex situation (that I've been internalising ijn my head).

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 06:18 PM
What's different about this Christchurch quakes is that are more violent than similar sized quakes elsewhere.

Each series of major quakes have brought similar head scratching by the experts...

Violence of tremors stuns experts

Earthquake experts were surprised by the violence of the newest tremors beneath Christchurch, with reports showing ground acceleration far greater than expected for magnitude 5 and 6 quakes.


Huge energy of shake puzzles scientists

Scientists are puzzled why the Canterbury earthquake released more than 10 times the energy a quake of its size normally would. The United States Geological Survey has calculated the waves travelling from the focus of the September 4 quake had an energy magnitude of between 7.4 and 7.8. While the quake's actual size remains 7.1, GNS Science seismologist Dr Martin Reyners said the energy magnitude was actually what would be expected from a much larger earthquake.


There's something happening down here that's got the experts baffled...heaven help us we have ever have an 8+ mag hit!

BTW, I've heard a prediction that around the 3-5th of Jan 2012, we are at risk of another swarm hitting.
edit on 26-12-2011 by SpaceJockey1 because: Addition

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 06:46 PM
Hey SJ, hope all's well with you and yours.

I would hazard that the discrepancies are to do with the local geology, and the proximity of this large bit of igneous rock nearby. Once I go back to work I'll try to get an answer from those who know more...would be interesting to find out!

"Canterbury University structural geologist and active tectonics specialist Jocelyn Campbell said a "spaghetti junction" of faults beneath the Canterbury Plains and through the foothills had been known about for many years.

Others were gradually forming under the Plains.

"They're basically all pointing at one place, Christchurch. It was always a matter of if, not when, these would start to arrive in our neck of the woods.

"We've known for quite a long time that there's stirrings under a placid surface," she said. "

Joc is now retired, but it would pay to heed her words...she had the mindpower of a million people!
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posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 07:30 PM
reply to post by aorAki

Hey Bro, thanks and we're all ok, but just when we thought our 10yo daughter was calming down...back to square one

Totally get your description and there's no doubt we appear to have picked the most illogical place to build a city! lol

Knowing what you've described I do wonder how we can really rebuild, as I'm sure that the insurance companies are also very aware of the geological situation, and with the almost certainity of future sizeable shakes, you'd think they'd just pull the pin.

posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 11:12 PM
Re the title argument;
I've been in a couple of 6's that were 50km away and let me tell you they were "large" I can only imagine those Christchurch ones at less than 10km deep and perhaps 10-20km away would feel very large.
There is a different feel to earthquakes based on distance and depth which seems obvious, I've felt 4.8s that were 50km away, but from a different direction than the 6's and it felt about the same intensity shaking but shorter.
Been in 1 that was 7.6 which was 1000km away and that was totally different, just waves of rolling that some on this post describe as being at sea.

The again we had a 4.9 back in 2010 that was 3km away and 50km deep, and we didn't even feel it.

There are 6's in NZ on a regular basis but this shallow depth is less common.

The accepted description of a 6 is "strong"
a 7 is "very strong"
8 is "major"
9 is "great"

so abetter title might have been "Strong earthquake hits Christchurch"

posted on Dec, 27 2011 @ 01:29 AM
I also live about 50km out of Christchurch but this time around was unfortunate enough to be in the "glassware" section of a department store in town. The difference was immense - from where I crouched (hiding my head from flying wine glasses) this was indeed *large*. For the Sept, Feb and June EQ's I was at home, or close to home and whilst they scared the proverbial out of me they were NOTHING compared to the inner city version

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