Saturday, December 3, 2011

Did the earth move for you?

Much of the central part of the country had a good shake earlier this evening, when a magnitude 5.7 quake struck 30km east of Picton at 7:19pm. Fortunately it was located about 60km down, so it has only caused some minor damage - some people have lost a few ornaments (I can't recommend Fix, Fasten & Forget enough!), and it looks like the Meridian building in Wellington had some minor damage to its louvres.

I'm a bit worried that people in a cafe in Picton ran out into the street during the shaking - some of the fatalities and injuries in the Christchurch quake were from falling debris hitting people who had run out of buildings. If you are inside a building when the shaking starts, it's safest to stay inside, and take shelter under something. if you are outside, stay outside and move away from the buildings, as things may be falling off them. What you don't want to be doing is heading out the door and passing through an area of significant danger.

Drop, Cover & Hold is still the best advice.

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