Best wishes to any CWers and all other kiwis in the city. No reports of injuries yet that I've found since getting home ten minutes ago, which is good news.
Originally Posted by Ausage
From a geological point of view is a quake of this size expected in the year or two after the first one?
From what I understand from the GNS bloke who came in to uni to give a talk to us, the fault system in the Canterbury area has been dormant for a few thousand years, but the first earthquake set it moving again. This is a long term thing unfortunately.
EDIT: apparently there is a school of thought in GNS that expects these size of quakes to be quite a regular occurrence for the next century in the Canterbury area. This presents a problem where they have a race to build everything to appropriate standard before a quake tips it all over again...
I have no idea how widespread that thought is though. I'm just an undergrad spouting what my lecturers and random GNS peeps tell me.