Just had an email from my brother in Christchurch...
Just had an email from my brother in Christchurch. The family are all well there. But he said he has had a gutsful of the continuing after shocks. They are driving him crazy. He is also back to work driving his bus, but is apprehensive about driving part of his shift in the dark.
There are distinct problems there in CHCH - the liquifecation of the ground. The sandy type of ground has ben pummelled into a thick gruel that seeps and sometimes spurts out of the ground. It is feared that huge sections in the eastern side of the city will not be able to be rebuilt on. They could turn into hectares of parkland. This scenario has been observed in california and at other earthquake sites.
An after shock this morning off the Port of Lyttleton may have actually been another earthquake. This is deeply concerning for the government and other authorities there. Is there to be another round of earthquakes in New Zealand? They have had one with its after shocks near Hastings in the Hawkes Bay area on the North Island east coast.