Thursday, 23 September 2010

Coffee Van, another week

It has been a productive week, although it seems as though my life has become a cycle of list writing, running around town, achieving something while at the same time discovering something else which I need to attend to which I had hitherto been completely unaware. Yet I blunder along and this week has indeed been productive, including the aquisition of inverter, charger, deep cycle batteries, water tanks, gas bottle, water pump, fire extinguishers and pipe of various description. Now just need to bolt it all together in the appropriate configuration in readiness for the espresso machine, which was ordered today. On the earthquake front, was woken up by a rather large aftershock at around 6:20am. Almost three weeks on and the earth is still moving.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Christchurch Earthquake

Saturday, September 4 2010, 4:34am I was fast asleep. At 4:35 I was wide awake, standing outside with two naked housemates and a baby, while the ground shook and buildings and chimneys were collapsing. Powerlines were flashing as they shorted or fell, the electicity and water failed. Stunned neighbours met on the street, some went out walking with torches, talking to those they encountered, asking if they were alright. There was an eerie feel in the air. It was still a couple of hours before dawn. Nobody knew whether the quake was centered near here, or if we just felt part of something much larger centered elsewhere. It turns out that it was centered around 30km from Christchurch and 10km deep, with a magnatude of 7.1 on the richter scale.