Goodness, there was an earthquake, 6.2, over the lower North Island this afternoon (Monday NZ time) at 3.50 p.m. and centred at ...wait for it! .... Eketahuna. What a good thing I wasn't there and swimming in the river! The Four Square (mini supermarket) in Eketahuna ,where I went last week to buy my light bulb, has had a lot of damage. Photos of the shop's interior look like a bomb site.
I hope Mt Bruce wildlife centre is okay, that the rare little white kiwis arent traumatised.
The thing is I didn't feel the earthquake today. The tv is full of pictures of things falling off supermarket shelves, swimming pools overflowing, people running from buildings, ornaments toppling, and I was completely oblivious to the whole thing. Some time this afternoon, I did hear a sort of something falling, but put it down to the wind. Maybe that was the quake?
Have just heard from my swimming friend, J. She was in the supermarket when the quake struck and was surrounded by objects crashing down from shelves.
Lots of reports are coming through about damage in Wellington, all minor, I think so far. The Hobbit sculptured bird that Weta had suspended at Wellington Airport came down from its harness - see below photo taken from the stuff website. Some reporters have not been able to resist talking about "The Eagle Has Landed". You may remember that I had taken a photo of the two birds flying high and put them on my blog a couple of weeks back. It's the bird without Gandalf riding it that came down, the one that looks as if it's flying like an inch or so above the coffee cups in my photo - false perspective picture, the bird was really suspended close up high to the ceiling and was one ton huuuuuge)