If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea we would be talking about the earthquakes, about where we were, how we felt, what happened afterwards.  I would tell you it was so odd to be up in Hamilton and not to be at home.  You would tell me that you felt we had all been so lucky.  We would talk about how GNS has revised the magnitude of the earthquake that struck in the very early hours of Monday from a 7.5 to a 7.8 making it the third largest in mainland New Zealand since the 19th century. We tried not to think about the fact that this revised magnitude has an effect on the probabilities of forecast aftershocks (they may be larger in magnitude for a longer period of time).

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea we would keep talking about the earthquakes, about how the ‘big one’ was actually a double quake with movement up and down and from side to side and that this set off the quakes further north, which were the ones that really damaged Wellington. We would talk about the building in the city centre that is going to be pulled down because it is so badly damaged, about the Statistics New Zealand building that is closed and that parts of the city centre are still cordoned off. We would say how annoying the news can be when it says  that “Wellington CBD is closed” as what it means is that buildings like office blocks have to be checked before staff are allowed back which quite frankly is a good thing.

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Featherstone Street, Wellington, Wednesday lunch time

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea we would talk about the storm, about all the rain on top of the rain from last week, about road closures, no trains and then laugh about how easy it was for me to get home from Hamilton on Tuesday, with a relatively smooth flight.

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Waiting in Hamilton

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea, we would talk about the wildlife after the earthquakes. We would talk about the destruction of the seal breeding ground near Kaikoura and concerns for the local shearwater population, which live in a colony in the Kaikoura ranges.

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The east coast in January, view from the train

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea we would also talk about nice things, about going to the end of year show at The New Zealand School of Dance, about baking scones this weekend, about how good Wellington looks on a good day, about how summer is coming…soon we hope.

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