7.8 Quake in NZ Moves entire continent slightly West

By: catfuraplenty , 6:59 PM GMT on June 24, 2009

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A few days ago I posted a story on the NZ quake and that it was felt by the Aussies. It was obviously much more significant than first thought. Check out this new today said:
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Southern New Zealand has moved slightly closer to the east coast of neighboring Australia as a result of a massive earthquake last week off the country's South Island, a scientist said Wednesday.

The magnitude 7.8 quake, centered in the ocean near Resolution Island in the country's Fiordland region, twisted South Island out of shape and moved its southern tip 12 inches (30 centimeters) closer to Australia, seismologist Ken Gledhill said.

Gledhill, director of government-owned GNS Science's "GeoNet" national earthquake monitoring project, said the island's geographic shift showed the immensity of the forces involved.

"Basically, it's taken us closer to Australia," he told National Radio. "The country is deforming all the time because of being on the plate boundary, but this has done it in a few seconds, rather than waiting hundreds of years."

Last Wednesday's quake was the largest in the world this year and New Zealand's biggest in 80 years. No major damage has been found in the sparsely populated Fiordland region of South Island's west coast.
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Hi all,
Been scanning around overseas, chit chatting with some Aussies, when they came across with this and I thought I would pass it on.

JFlorida and I were just talking about quakes and odd, anecdotal evidence recently saying something was up. I'm wondering if this was it or if there is something worse in the works?

Effects of 7.8 quake felt in Australia

6:39PM Thursday Jul 16, 2009


The effects of the 7.8 earthquake and aftershocks that struck Fiordland last night were felt as far away as Australia.

The quake, which was centred 100km northwest of Tuatapere and 12km deep, struck at 9.22pm and triggered an alert from the Pacific tsunami warning centre in Hawaii.

In Sydney, a performance at Bondi Pavilion was cancelled and the theatregoers were evacuated, while other Sydney residents were warned to keep away from the water's edge.

However, there was only a small surge of water, about 17cm high, and the tsunami warning was cancelled after its size was confirmed on arrival at Bluff at about 10.30pm.

There were surprisingly no immediate reports of major damage from the quake, which was felt widely throughout the South Island and as far north as Taranaki.

It was followed by two sizeable aftershocks, one 19 minutes after the initial quake measuring 6.1, and another at 1.50am measuring 5.9.

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) said they have so far received 223 claims for damage.

More were expected in the coming weeks and months as minor damage was reported, including cracks to wallpaper, bricks and house exteriors, EQC spokesman Lance Dixon told NZPA.

Most of the claims were lodged in Invercargill, Dunedin and around Otago, but some came from as far away as Christchurch and Greymouth.

People had up to three months to lodge claims, and could do so on the Earthquake Commission's 24 hour line, 0800 DAMAGE, or online at www.eqc.govt.nz.

The commission only covers insured residential property.

The quake was felt widely throughout the South Island and as far north as Taranaki, and was followed by two sizeable aftershocks, one 19 minutes after the initial quake measuring 6.1, and another at 1.50am measuring 5.9.

Four more strong aftershocks followed this afternoon.

The first, measuring 5.3, hit Fiordland at 12.24pm. Another tremor, measuring 5.6, was felt 20 minutes later, followed by a 5.1 quake at 1.30pm.

The latest, at 2.13pm, measured 5.1 and was at a depth of 12km, 80km west of Te Anau.

GNS Science said the aftershocks were felt in Alexandra and Invercargill.

A separate 5.4 magnitude quake in Taranaki at 9.38pm yesterday was not thought to be linked to the Fiordland quake, GNS geologist Matthew Stevens said today.

DOC staff flew into Fiordland National Park at first light to check on registered trampers and one-day visitor structures before focusing on the quake's epicentre and surrounding huts and tracks, Te Anau acting area manager Andrew Cudby said.

The trampers were leaving the park on foot and were expected out at some stage today, Mr Cudby said.I hope this doesn't get me kicked off the blogs, but I had to tell someone. This was too good to keep to myself. Too good and too funny.

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Anyway, I can hear you laughing now. Yes, I can. In the dark, there you are, thinking I'm really off my rocker this time. But, I'm not...not really.

I found this powder and I really like it. Okay, at first I bought it because it sounds so goofy and the picture on the front is hilarious. But if you have been following my blog, you know it's been horribly hot here.

Today it was 96+ with a heat index of 105F. Believe me when I say, it felt all of 105 and more. Even in the house with the a/c going full blast, you feel the humidity get to you the moment you move.

So, there I was strolling along the aisle of W-mart, looking at the foot powders, etc. And I saw this


I started laughing so hard that people were looking at me oddly. (Not that this is new to me, people often look at me oddly, but--) Anyway, I bought a canister and took it home. I put it in my husband's bathroom and waited. It didn't take long before he came out holding the powder.

"This is a joke?" he asked.
"Nope," I said.

Long story short, he didn't use it at first but I did. Low and behold, the stuff works like a charm. I'm not selling this, nor do I have any stake it in, etc. But I thought for as long as I sit here, driving around in traffic, sweating a pool full every day since the beginning of June, I might as well tell people about something I like and that works.

Now, my husband is using it after I told him. I got my Mom a canister and sent it to her. She said the ladies in her bridge club are going to get a real giggle out of it. I told her laugh all she wants but it does work. So leave it out for the bridge ladies to see it, but also, use it. LOL

I saw Piratelady's blog and see that she is like me, sick to death of this heat. I can't imagine that I'd be hoping for a nice tropical storm to cloud things up a bit, but I am. I've been rooting for every little cloud burst that comes within a hundred miles of here to make it to us and cool things down.

If you live in a state that has plenty of cool air, rain, clouds, etc. Please bottle it and send it to Texas. We need it bad!

Thank you all. And as a side note, the kittens are growing, getting healthier looking every day and tearing the house down. LOL Little buggers. :)

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July 5th and we are still under a ridge of high pressure that seems to have taken up residence over S.E. Texas. On the plus side we don't have to worry about formations of any tropical systems coming out way. This high would block any attempt. But on the bad side, we are baking, broiling and roasting.

Today's temp was 100F here again with a heat index of 105. Personally it felt more like 125F and yes, I've felt it that hot before. LOL It's that kind of heat that fries you from the inside out and there is little to do but endure it.

Fireworks went off last night without any problems, even though we are under a burn ban and most of the crops around are tinder dry. What little rain we've had has been scant and spotty.

Below, in the comment sections are kittens that we are fostering and looking for good homes for. Even if you aren't interested in the wee ones, they are cute to look at.

Please let us know if you or someone you know would like to have a wonderful pet. These little ones are truly adorable. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the evening.


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129. PeaceRiverBP
10:09 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Happy Birthday, Catfur- we miss you! <3

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128. PeaceRiverBP
2:00 PM GMT on October 31, 2011
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127. ColoradoKat
5:45 AM GMT on October 27, 2011
One last thing.

Good-bye, Sunday
by ColoradoKat

It's funny what you remember,
And it's funny what you forget,
And it's funny how your heart can break
For a friend you've never met.
I've mourned you for a while now,
And it's time to let go, too.
The photo of you and the tiger
Is the way I'll remember you.

Good-bye! Peace, Sunday!
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126. LowerCal
8:49 PM GMT on October 23, 2011
Rest in peace, catfur. I will miss you and your humor.
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125. auburn (Mod)
5:04 PM GMT on October 23, 2011
Sunday Bump ♥
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124. SBKaren
1:37 AM GMT on October 22, 2011
{{{{{{{[Catfuraplenty}}}}}}}}}}} the human and animal world have lost a top notch person. May you rest in peace.
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123. palmettobug53
10:31 PM GMT on October 21, 2011
Bump for Sunday.

Rest in peace, dear heart.
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122. ColoradoKat
1:18 AM GMT on October 21, 2011
Quoting PeaceRiverBP:
Another ^bump^ for Sunday. Her husband Rusty has posted that the services went well and she is interred in a cemetery where 5 mule deer live. He seems to think it's the perfect place for her to rest. It had to be a really tough day for him and it was good of him to let us know how it went.



Thank you for letting us non-Facebook members
know. It does sound like the perfect place for
her to rest. She would have loved the deer.
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121. auburn (Mod)
12:02 AM GMT on October 21, 2011
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120. PeaceRiverBP
11:50 PM GMT on October 20, 2011
Another ^bump^ for Sunday. Her husband Rusty has posted that the services went well and she is interred in a cemetery where 5 mule deer live. He seems to think it's the perfect place for her to rest. It had to be a really tough day for him and it was good of him to let us know how it went.

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119. charlesimages
8:42 AM GMT on October 19, 2011
I was friends with Sunday for a long time. Really nice person. Along the way, not too long ago (a few months) she got mad at me for no reason during a friendly discussion, and deleted me off of facebook and really never talked to me again until only 3 or 4 weeks ago or so. She seemed friendly, we chatted a bit about the weather. Unfortunately, we never got to patch up the friendship. Sad to learn of her passing. Life's short, make the most of it folks. You only get one chance.
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118. unclemush
2:05 AM GMT on October 19, 2011
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117. PeaceRiverBP
1:54 AM GMT on October 19, 2011
^bump^ for Sunday.


(from: http://beautifulsceneries.info/funny-cat-picture/ funny-kitty-brothers-1440x900)
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116. auburn (Mod)
4:30 PM GMT on October 18, 2011
Just checking..still cant believe you are gone....missing you.
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115. DocNDswamp
2:28 PM GMT on October 18, 2011
My God, what a tragedy.

So sad to learn of this... we'll miss ya, Catfur-gal.
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114. HurricaneKing
12:53 AM GMT on October 18, 2011
You know I've been seeing this get bumped up and haven't been able to figure out what to type. I never even talked to Sunday (cat) but I feel like I should say something because I feel pain. Another person cut down to soon in a crime that could have been stopped. May she rest in peace and have happier times and may God willing things like this never happen again in the future.
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113. beell
12:46 AM GMT on October 18, 2011
Oh, gee,
Had not seen catfur's name in such a long time here. I just knew it had to be something funny...

She was such a free and funny spirit here. Last time we shared a post was just before Ike. She had a terrible evac with Rita and was looking for anybody who might tell her that she didn't have to leave for Ike. I thought she might be ok over on the west side of Houston-but I could not tell her that.

Bye, cat. More free than the rest of us now I guess.
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112. Beachfoxx
12:29 AM GMT on October 18, 2011
My thoughts are of you, your laughter and your love of cats today…
I cannot get you out of my mind as I think of the unfairness of the world's loss…
Again, RIP.
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111. DataPilot
12:20 AM GMT on October 18, 2011
I just read about this tragedy... oh my gosh... not again!

Sunday, I wish you peace, and the eternal comforting presence of your furry friends. Your death may have been senseless, but your life was not lived in vain.

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110. mermaidlaw
11:53 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Dear Sunday, {{Catfur}} May you rest in the arms of the Lord! I would like to put something special here for you dear lady.

HOME IN HEAVEN
I'm safely home in heaven, though I know you miss me so.
The love I've always felt for you, within my heart still flows.
My spirit will remain with you every single day, appearing as a rainbow or as ocean waves at play.
I'm in the gentle rains that fall, and in the morning dew. All you see that's beautiful reflects my love for you.
I didn't mean to cause you pain, my time had simply come. The WORK THAT I WAS MEANT TO DO on earth had all been done.
I'm safely home in Heaven, where eternal peace is mine. And where, when God has called you, too, I'll be forever thine.
By Bobbie Wilkinson
GOD BLESS!!
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109. juslivn
11:33 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Yes, maybe a legislator in Montana can review the current law, and system for restraining orders and orders of protection (and consult groups who have tried to change these laws before) And present a new law called 'Sunday's Law'.
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108. AllyBama
11:20 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
..:(
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107. auburn (Mod)
8:39 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
If the Judge in this case had just granted the restraining order that was requested ..we might still have our friend...
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106. PeaceRiverBP
8:36 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Another ^bump^ for our dear friend, Sunday.


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105. auburn (Mod)
4:29 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Talk about a small world..Sunday(catfuraplenty) has Family in my area(a sister in Auburn) that I hope to meet over the next couple of weeks,we had talked about her times in Phenix City,but she never mentioned her family here,we have just connected in the past day or so.
RIP Sunday..I Miss you girl!
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104. masshysteria
3:58 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Though I never personally knew you or posted with you previously, I'm so saddened by your tragic loss. May you rest with the angels and all your past loving furry friends!

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103. Proserpina
1:05 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? ~Kahlil Gibran, from "The Prophet"

RIP
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102. OSHNBLU
12:41 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
RIP Sunday. You will be missed by many.
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101. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
12:00 PM GMT on October 17, 2011
Death is not the end
Death can never be the end.

Death is the road.
Life is the traveller.
The Soul is the Guide

...

Our mind thinks of death.
Our heart thinks of life
Our soul thinks of Immortality.

RIP ....KOTG
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100. OGal
9:55 AM GMT on October 17, 2011



Just an early morning bump for someone who loved cats as much as I do. Sunday your kindness to animals will never be forgotten. Your friends here on WU will miss you.
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99. MNTornado
3:24 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
I just learned about Sunday's departure from this world. I'm still having difficulty coming to terms with this happening. It makes no sense to me.

Don
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98. Skyepony (Mod)
3:17 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
Oh Cat.. I never imagined this would have ended this way. RIP...
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97. seflagamma
2:57 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
This is so sad and we all want to know...
why????


crazp people should be pointed out and watched..
I am sorry but they should have held
restraines on his wife and the police did not take them serious

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96. unclemush
2:07 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
Quoting auburn:
just tears..
Yes Aub That's how I feel!
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95. unclemush
2:07 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
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94. auburn (Mod)
2:07 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
just tears..
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93. unclemush
2:05 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
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92. unclemush
2:03 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
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91. pottery
2:02 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
This is really very sad.....
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90. reeldrlaura
1:52 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
(((((SUNDAY))))))
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89. ColoradoKat
1:39 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
Awwww..Catfur.....I hope you are surrounded
by all the cats you loved and lost. RIP, Girl.
You were always nice to me and what more
could you ask from a stranger on the airwaves.
Peace.
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88. RobDaHood
1:21 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
So sad to read of this.
My heart goes out to all of you who knew her and feel the loss.
God Bless you and grant you peace.
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87. EmmyRose
1:09 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
Yes Bug she will be missed.
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86. tkeith
12:55 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
:(
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85. palmettobug53
12:27 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
Emmy, I never had a chance to meet Sunday. I had many conversations with her here, back when she posted regularly and we exchanged many WUmails. She was a sweet and compassionate woman. I've thought of her often but am not on FB nor did I have an outside email for her, so lost touch. She will be missed.
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84. GrillinInTheEye
12:06 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
RIP Sunday! You will be missed.
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83. SouthernLady
12:05 AM GMT on October 17, 2011
I'm going to miss you girl...RIP.
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82. EmmyRose
11:40 PM GMT on October 16, 2011
I knew Cat and wont comment on all that happened.
The fact is she was a caring sweet woman who
truly loved and wanted love. Thats all any of us asks in life.

I know she would be so happy with the outpour of love
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81. Alleyoops
10:58 PM GMT on October 16, 2011
RIP my dear friend Sunday. Such tragedies need not be if those who are elected do their job and give us the protection we ask for. I don't care who it is, when a petition is requested because they suspect a threat from another, it should be granted even if its only for 30 days to determine if it should be extended at the end of that date. So senseless. We will all miss this dear soul who was friend to all who came into her life and especially to all the little animals she cared for over the years.
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80. surfmom
10:34 PM GMT on October 16, 2011
:***(
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79. AllyBama
10:31 PM GMT on October 16, 2011

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