Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Beginning in South Island, New Zealand

Assalamualaikum & hello.


ON MY LONELY FEET

It's time for me to set my foot to South Island, job hunting and another life experience. You need to get ferry to cross to South Island if you travel by land. Flying is cheaper actually, sine I got a bus pass, I had to use it before it gets expired.
Ferry terminal in Wellington

LIST OF MY HOUSE RENTAL IN CHRISTCHURCH
Takira, my landlord little girl, the top picture was my first place to rent, below, the 2nd home.

The first house I rent in Christchurch was at Gabraith Ave, Avonside, one of the Earthquake Red colour area. Lot's of damage in the city. 

After the February 22, 6.3 magnitude earthquake, the engineers inspected buldings and houses or properties in Christchurch and has a red, yellow or green placard.

A red placard means the building is considered unsafe and further structural assessment is needed. These buildings have generally been isolated with barriers. 

A yellow placard means the building has limited access, as noted on the placard, and further structural assessment is needed by the owners consultants.

A green placard means the building is considered safe for its intended use.

Then I left Christchurch and heading to Queenstown for job hunting. After a week in Queenstown I'm back to Christchurch and move to new house with my landlord at Callishaw Street, Avonside, in the Earthquake Yellow colour area.  

MY EARTHQUAKE EXPERIENCE





Red zone, Christchurch city centeral.
4 September 2010 Christchurch dilanda gempa bumi berukuran 7.1 magnitude. Selalunya selepas gegaran pertama, gegaran susulan akan menyusul. bukan satu dua, tetapi beribu. tidaklah kuat seperti gegaran pertama. Tiada angka korban dicatatkan. Masa ni aku kat Malaysia lagi, takat dengar dalam news je lah.

22 Februari 2011, aftershock 6.3 magnitude menggegarkan Christchurch. 181 orang terkorban dan beratus yg lain cedera parah. Separuh dari jumlah kematian ialah daripada jumlah yang terkorban di dalam runtuhan bangunan 6 tingkat Canterbury Television (CTV).

13 June 2011, sehari selepas aku tiba di Christchurch, sekali lagi aftershock yang kuat melanda bandar ini. aftershock yang pertama pada jam 11pagi 5.5 magnitude, ketika itu aku masih di rumah. Rumah yang aku duduki bergegar dengan kuat membuatkan aku terkucil lari.

Kemudian jam 1pm sekali lagi gegaran kuat berukuran 6.3 magnitude melanda. Ketika ini aku berada di Barbadoes Street. Bunyi kuat serta aku tidak dapat berdiri dengan betul akibat gegaran. Gegaran kuat menyebabkan luqeafaction, iaitu air seperti 'mud' keluar dari bumi menyebabkan jalan banyak tutup serta banyak rumah yang rosak. Tiada angka korban dicatatkan dan sesetengah bangunan yang rosak pada Februari 22, runtuh akibat gegaran.

Helikopter berlegar-legar di ruang udara dan polis serta ambulance ke sana sini. Keadaan memang kecoh buat sementara. Beribu gegaran kecil direkodkan selepas itu. 


Itulah pengalaman pertama aku merasai gempa bumi. Memang takut dan dasyat. Seminggu selepas gempa bumi, aku pon bercadang untuk merantau ke tempat lain mencari kerja, iaitu ke Queenstown.


Good morning Christchurch. At 8.34pm last night Christchurch was hit by 5.5 magnitude, 2 kilo tonnes earthquake energy, depth 8 km and it is the 8th largest earthquake in the record. No damage was reported. The picture above are from the earthquake damage on the 22 February 2011.



The earthquake damage house was covered by thick snow in August 2011, winter in Christchurch.
I had experienced the big one in June with the magnitude 6.3. No power for that night and no water supply for a week. After 22 February 2011, Christchurch experienced more than 8000 aftershocks. Last nite aftershock is no more a news for the people of Christchurch. They get used with it.




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