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 Post subject: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:05 pm 
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Is everyone Ok?

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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:24 pm 
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I can't speak for nzswift but yep OK, only a medium sized rumble, 5.7 magnitude about 15kms deep but significantly the epicentre was very close to being directly below us, the ground speed of the shaking was impressively fast, we got home and a couple of things had fallen over, thats about it.

We were hoping the quake would of finished our house off, after almost 5 years (feb 22 2011) we are still arguing with our insurance company, they want to fix it with bubblegum and sticky tape and we want our almost brand new house (built Oct 2010) bowled and rebuilt, alas only slightly more damage this time around, it's an expensive business fighting greedy insurance companies for what we're entitled to "Replacement House Policy"...

Anyway, carry on as normal :D


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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:34 pm 
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Nzswift is fine, not much to report on his side of the city, most of the damage is in the eastern and coastal suburbs again, the cliffs around the seaside suburbs of Redcliffs and Sumner have taken a hit, Malls are are closed as precautions, a couple of the highschools are closed for tomorrow, I'm presuming so they can have engineers check all the buildings for damage, seems drastic, if anything was going to fall over it would of done so many years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:52 pm 
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Glad to hear you guys are OK. Good luck with those insurance companies...

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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:31 am 
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Another quake on Tuesday, things still Ok?

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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:06 pm 
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Really? I don't think I felt it, been plenty of aftershocks but they are all small.

Sundays quake was an aftershock from the original one 5 years ago, for that magnitude 5 aftershock it will create 10 magnitude 4 aftershocks, each one of those mag 4 aftershocks will create 10 magnitude 3 aftershocks and so on, easy to see why a big quake will generate thousands of aftershock.

Basically anything under 3 we presume it's just a truck going past on the road :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:22 pm 
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The one today (Tuesday) was off the coast of the south Island.

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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:33 pm 
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Yeah that one was a 6 but it was a long way away in the middle of nowhere, we did have a 3.7 this afternoon underneath Christchurch which most people felt.


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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:06 pm 
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Only way I found to deal with insurance is with a lawyer.

Good luck 5 years sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: New Christchurch Earthquake
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:59 pm 
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TBH the first couple of years we didn't try to get the damaged house issue resolved, In NZ the EarthQuake Commission pay out the first 100k of any claim and the rest is handled by your insurance company, in our case there was no argument and EQC paid us out very quickly, we were more than happy to wait while people worse off than us got resolved, our house is still warm and dry unlike some who had to endure several winters in leaky & draughty houses.

Latest figures show that our insurance company Tower still has 500 unresolved cases like ours, the biggest insurance company has 1500 left to resolve, however a large number, as high as 20,000 repaired buildings will have to be re-repaired due to poor engineering or poor workmanship, this is the reason why we are holding out, we have no intention of being quinea pigs for experimental concrete slab repairs and in the last 3 years our insurance company has not sent out a single qualified structural engineer, just an architect who told us off the record it should be demolished and start again, the rest have been builders and contractors :roll:

When they did eventually send an engineer he spent a whole 45mins on site and didn't take any measurements... our engineer spent 5 hours on site and measured everything.

Luckily we have a good advocate on board now so we can sit back and watch the fireworks, the gloves are well and truly off, common sense must prevail, surely? :lol:


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