Monday, 26 August 2013

Shake, Rattle and Roll...

The Awesome 1's are well accustomed to 'Mother Earths' little tantrums e.g.earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - well, we thought so! At 2:30 pm on Friday, 16th August, Room 1 were out on Carlton School 's International Football Field playing kickball. All of a sudden (after Nikita's amazing catch) the ground started rolling and did so for a good 40 seconds. Sophia 'Harry' Rogers screamed out "Its an earthquake!" and clung with dear life to a soccer post. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Sager was calming the Awesome 1's and asking them to remain still. The sensation was like standing on a waterbed and feeling the mattress roll continuously. Once the quake had settled, a majority of the Awesome 1's were suffering from a bad case of motion sickness. They quietly lined up and headed towards the evacuation point where the rest of the school were now gathering.

Mr Peterson checked the class rolls and that everyone was ok. We were given the all clear once the buildings and gas had been checked. It was quite an ordeal and we were very lucky that the Australian and Pacific plates rubbed together and no subduction had occurred (according to the news).

The earthquake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and was situated 8km down. It was centred off the northern part of the east coast of the South Island (that's a mouthful!). There were 200+ aftershocks. It was most definitely a scary, yet exciting way to finish our week!

The Awesome 1's earthquake safety guide:

What would you do?


  1. Typical me. :)

  2. I would be react like we would in class.

  3. Wow. Thanks room 1 for that great advice on what not to do and what to do in an earthquake. =-)

  4. who took the picture of Rose then?

  5. The very professional office staff...

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  7. In the what not to do you can hear me in the first 4 secounds! B)

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