It was Wellington’s turn to experience the skate board shuffle today.
Thousands of residents struggled to figure out where they’d left their legs, watched helplessly as workmates incurred dry cleaning bills and stared as dogs spontaneously took up ice-dancing.
Workers rushed home to be with their families whilst others sought safety and sanctuary in nearby churches, such as here at Our Lady of Mother Chickens :
Elsewhere in the region trains tip-toed, ferries fumbled and birds sought shelter:
The 5.7 quake left us Christchurch residents feeling miffed as we haven’t had anything that big for many months.
The satirical publication The Civilian reported that in a bout of intercity rivalry Christchurch had levelled this at the Capital: “Step off our territory, Wellington, you already get all the wind and politicians and aimless semi-mobile beards. You don’t need anything else to get sympathy. Earthquakes are ours, not yours.” But Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown says that it is in fact Christchurch that has stolen Wellington’s earthquake crown. “Everyone knows that Wellington has always been considered a seismic death-trap just waiting to snap close,” she said. “Christchurch took that limelight away, and it’s only fair that we begin to take back what’s ours. And the Ellerslie Flower Show. We’d like that, too.”
The earthquake, centred in Cook Strait, caused no real damage to Quakeywood or its residents but did generate mass panic in newsrooms as reporters fought desperately for stories about items falling off shelves and the spooky rattling of filing cabinets.