I too felt them from here in Auckland. Not much (I thought it was me losing my marbles), but certainly noticeable for those who were awake. It's a bit frightening to think that the source was ~690kms away.
But this is well and truly hitting Wellington. Auckland can feel it,
I'm amazed at how much damage Wellington has suffered from this. Shows how stupid it is that we have our capital located on difficult terrain on a massive fault line. It's just asking for trouble really.
As an interesting visual, both humorous and "wow" check out this image of some cows that became stranded when the land around them subsided during the quake:
Good news; they've been rescued! http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/peta-ca ... 2016111521
There's really no getting used to them. Getting under a desk or door frame really is good advice.
Instinctively you want to run outside, but you also want to stay well away from the windows incase they explode and you get a face full of sharp glass. Especially if its older, non strengthened/smashproof glass.
Wellington is now cut off due to severe weather. Woo! Auckland can be the de facto capital for now.
No thanks. Auckland is full; the last thing we need is an influx of 80,000 politicians and bureaucrats.
Wellington is now cut off due to severe weather.
Given that the motorway Johnsonville-Porirua and Johnsonville-Lower Hutt floods anytime there's a more significant weather event than a light drizzle or a high tide, you have to worry what's going to happen when the big quake hits. Or a tsunami or properly big storm surge.
So New Zealand. Huge ongoing earthquakes, a capital city you can't get to, billions of dollars to repair.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COWS
Herefords are nice animals. Except for the bulls, sometimes.
The big issue with our dairy industry is the way they're polluting our rivers completely unchecked.
Legislation is forcing farmers to fence off waterways, which will go a long way to addressing this problem. I'm not sure what can be done about the methane issue, other than people eating less red meat. Since my parents have a large beef farm, I'm hoping that this doesn't happen.