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    NZ Earthquake

    This was a serious Quake.

    Fortunately it occurred early hours of the morning with most indoors asleep.

    Billions in damage with over 100,000 landslides effecting roads and rail. Housing, buildings and contents damage huge.

    Rips in the Earth covering 150km's

    Severe aftershocks with 3 at 6.5.

    It was felt 800 km's away in Auckland and I'm 200 km's closer to epicenter yet I slept through it...
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    Re: NZ Earthquake

    Hey Ross,

    I saw that it was a significant quake. Glad it didn't cause too much human loss. My brother and sister lived through a number of those in California, LA area. Not something I would want to have to deal with.

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    Re: NZ Earthquake

    Here's a few pics...

    Note: the landslides are ridiculous in numbers...seriously!

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    That is the main highway south to Christchurch...there are road tunnels that are completely covered.

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    This landslide is repeated over 150 km distance. 100,000 estimates.

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    Re: NZ Earthquake

    wow, that's crazy...

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    Re: NZ Earthquake

    IMO, unstable geography calls for a rethink of architectural design.

    Buckyball domes with isocahedral subgeometry ... are probably best-suited to withstand earthquakes.

    Stay safe, Ross ... aftershocks are the cubs that come to eat after the king lion has had his fill.


    Pax

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    Re: NZ Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by Zook_e_Pi View Post
    IMO, unstable geography calls for a rethink of architectural design.
    Indeed. And the science behind EQ proof structures has exponentially improved. Up to 8.5's. Particularly high-rise buildings.

    Though we have yet to experience more 9.5's-and upwards in the modern era, and of course ocean displacement is impossible to mitigate as we saw in Indonesia and Japan.

    The common Mans abode is a different story. One has to navigate local consents and bureaucracy to build something deemed 'EQ proof' using more unorthodox building systems that have not yet been approved as a go-to system, let alone the $$$ involved using high-end engineering techniques.

    But when that crust decides to shift vertically, and in a rolling horizontal fashion, as we have witnessed in this latest Quake (two quakes occurring together) not sure what will withstand such severe motion. This went on for over 2 minutes in some areas.

    A clear reminder that Mother Earth has the last say inasfar as 'terrestrial' events are concerned.

    We often forget how fragile we are sitting atop a moving crust, jigsawed together with constant continental drift.

    Perhaps a gyro/gimbaled type designed inner structure fixed to an outer structure mounted to a big ass shock absorbing spring system fixed to the ground...

    Or a magnetic system. Opposing magnets with the ground mags gimbaled to obtain level force with the building structure literally suspended above...

    Not sure what we can do as far as roading and rail is concerned. And the sides of mountains and steep slopes are rather problematic...

    The seabed in some areas has risen 2.5 mtrs along the coast.
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