All this buzz about more big earthquakes being on the way can be enough to put you off your Weetbix. These experts can be so annoying. They always seem to know so much after the event. Where were they before the September 4th quake? And how come they didn't bother to tell us that there would also be one on the February 22 that would decimate the city? The reality is that no one knew about the 4th September before it happened. Absolutely no one... If you had asked the seismologists back on the 3rd of September to tell us about the major earthquake zones in the country- and when we could expect one to occur, none of them would have said, ''well tomorrow, and in Christchurch...''
To their credit - most of them said after September 4th, that there would be aftershocks (geniuses- every last one of them. No one else would have guessed this...). But again, no-one knew exactly where, when or to what depth, or magnitude etc. So again, there was not much to prepare us for February 22nd.
So, here we all are again, quivering and expecting a big quake to occur, because the media today has been full of this prediction. But again, the experts don't know exactly where it will be, when it will be, or how deep it will be, or if it will even happen at all.
It's the one last thing we need right now. Well, there are two last things we don't need right now. People with some knowledge, making vague predictions. The other thing we don't need of course, is the actual earthquake/s.
In the face of more earthquakes occurring we need to remember that since September, all of us currently living in Christchurch have become heroes- we have not run away, we have carried on, we have had all kinds of losses to endure, whilst getting on with our lives. We have supported each other, we have drawn closer together. We have each given strength and also taken strength from the actions of others. We have still loved our flawed and utterly broken home town. And get on with our lives we have, in ways that none of us would never have imagined we were capable of doing, this time last year. Go us!
Introduce yourself to your local hero - go and look in a mirror right now.
Kia kaha Christchurch.
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