I’m sure we all know about Christchurch and her earthquakes. Yes, we’ve watched and read news about it and it all seems like scary stuff. But to be frank, Christchurch has experienced so many earthquakes that unless it’s a majorly strong one, everything is still fine.
Below are 4 thoughts you might have had on Christchurch’s earthquakes. Fact or myth, let’s find out.
1. The entire house collapses
This can be a fact or a myth. Which one it is will depend on how serious the earthquake was and the house itself. If the earthquake had a magnitude of 5 and above, it is considered to be quite serious and there may be some damages to buildings if they weren’t built to withstand earthquakes or if they were too old and rickety. If it’s just a small earthquake tremor, no the entire house will not collapse.
2. There is chaos everywhere
Myth – this is not exactly the case. The people of Christchurch are now generally very used to earthquakes and in the event of one, they know how to relax, stay calm, and do the drill of “drop, cover, hold”. So it is unlikely to see someone running across the streets and screaming.
3. School and work are cancelled
Again, this depends on the magnitude of the earthquake. Most establishments should have an earthquake policy to close the premises in the event of an earthquake more than 5M for example. The buildings also have to be inspected thoroughly before they can open again in which case school and work will be cancelled. But usually when there are small tremors, things go on as usual.
4. Earthquakes happen all the time
This is definitely true. If you thought Christchurch only had their Sep 2010, Feb 2011, and Nov 2016 earthquakes, think again. There are so many earthquakes happening throughout the day, but because they are typically small and insignificant earthquakes, one can barely feel them. Check out this website for real stats on how many earthquakes happen in a day.
But here’s the question you may be still wondering – how exactly does an earthquake feel like?
It feels like you are in a big cradle that is being rocked very violently. You can even visit Quake City in Christchurch for an earthquake simulation.
So there you have it, piefaces! Have the myths been debunked?
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