Message For Our New Friends in New Zealand!

While we were away from school for the long Labour Day weekend, we were horrified to learn  from television and the newspapers that there had been an earthquake in New Zealand. We’ve been discussing it and the students would love to hear about this from New Zealand students.

Did you feel the earthquake in your school?

How bad was the earthquake?

Was anyone hurt?

How much damage did it do?

Did it knock out your power?

Did it hit all of New Zealand or just a small part?

Did you ever feel an earthquake?

One student went to a place where they simulate earthquakes and give numbers like 4.4.

What was the number of your earthquake?

Update: Check the Comment box below for a message from Mr. Webb of  Waikato, N.Z. and Ms Bee of Dunedin, N.Z.

7 responses to “Message For Our New Friends in New Zealand!

  1. Thanks so much for your questions and comments on our blog. Our school is in the middle of the North Island so we didn’t feel the Earthquake, but lots of schools in the South Island of New Zealand did. I will send this post around through my contacts and get some of the students that were directly involved to answer the question, I will also get the students from Room Eight to come back here on Monday our time (Sunday your time were a day ahead of the world) to answer your questions from our perspective! Thanks for the contact would love to network with your class (perhaps call each other one Skype as well).
    Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

    • Thank you very much for your reply, Mr. Webb. My students will be happy to read what you’ve written when they come back to school Monday morning, and they’ll be excited to hear that you’re forwarding their message so perhaps we will be hearing from other New Zealanders!

  2. Kia ora!

    We are a class from Dunedin and the earthquake certainly was strong enough to wake us up and scare us. In fact, because it was so close to home we were so happy to be able to go to school on Monday as normal but sad and worried about those in the next city. Christchurch is 3 and a 1/2 hours away by car and most of us have family and friends there. Ms B has been in contact with teachers and schools from the area and we are getting ready to send through a food parcel tomorrow.

    We haven’t posted about the earthquake because it has been so prolific for us…. so close to home that we are almost in shock. We hear about how the after shocks are so draining on the people in Christchurch and how scared many children are. We even know of children who are coming to Dunedin for a week or two and visiting our school while the clean up happens.

    Last week, we had an earthquake drill – something we do sometimes. Our principal talked us through a scenario and it made us realise how many things around us could fall.

    Tomorrow we will share write our first post about the earthquake and link to schools that we interact with via blogs…. Hopefully that way your questions will be answered.

  3. Hello, we are a school from the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. We are three hours away from Christchurch by car. The earthquake woke many of us up when it happened at 4.35am, but others in the class slept through it.
    We were surprised that Christchurch got such a bad quake, as they were not on a known fault line, whereas Reefton, where we live, is on a main fault line.
    If you visit our blogpage you will be able to read the post we have about the earthquake.
    You might also like to visit the page of our friends at Burnham School in Christchurch

    They have just gone back to school this week, after having a week off while the school was being checked for safety.
    from Mrs McKenzie

  4. hi my names Lusia and Im a super scooper when the earth quake hit people were not at schools because it felt like it was 4 30 in the morning. the earth quake was big here but it must of really felt enormous in christchurch. the earth quake didn’t do any damage here but it did lots of damage over in christchurch, it is strange how know one got hurt. the power got knocked out in christchurch I think but in didn’t knock out power here I don’t think. the earth quake hit cities and town around christchurch. I felt the earth quake but the rest of my family didn’t. the number in christchurch was 7.1 on the ricter scale.

  5. Hi Motreal Middle School,
    I don’t think that I can tell you much about the Earthquake but all I know about how big the earthquake was, was 7.1 on the ritcher scale. The earthquake hit just a small bit in Christchurch. I think that only one person had been hurt it was an old man that had a heart attack. it had done quiet a lot of dammage that had ben caused in a little boys farm. That is all that I can comment on you right now. Bye for Now.
    From Makerita. :)

  6. Hello Makerita,
    Thank you so much for the information you have provided. It was a relief – but rather a miracle – to hear that so few people were hurt.
    By the way, the link you left is incomplete or in error so I’m unable to visit your blog. I’ve looked for your name in the blogrolls but haven’t found it yet!
    If you see this message, then please leave a new comment with your url or the name of your classroom blog.
    Best wishes,
    Mrs. Theriault

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