février 2012 (2)

dimanche 26 février 2012

Mount Taranaki in the Tages Anzeiger

A beautiful article about Mount Taranaki was publish recently in the Tages Anzeiger, one of the leading Swiss German newspaper:


It describes pretty acruately this wonderful region we visited back in November 2008. The steep, rough and often cloudy slopes of the Mt Taranaki are also well described and I could almost feel myself being back in January 2009 when we climed part of the mountain.

Finally, let’s not forget the lovely town of New Plymouth and its awesome waterfront!

dimanche 12 février 2012

Earthquake... in Switzerland

Our region of Zurich was rocked last night by an earthquake which triggered hundeds of phone calls to the police:

Source: http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/index_EN

You may wonder how much damage was caused or if there were any injuries due to this major event in Switzerland. Be relieved, nothing was declared so far, this mainly because the low amplitude of the seissm.

With a scale of 4.2, the earthquake features very high and well in red in the Swiss map of earthquakes. But compared to New Zealand – and this especially since the terrible events around Christchurch, it’s daily business:

Source: http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html

Feeling the ground shaking is always a special occasion, and while we were in New Zealand, we only felt the stronger quakes – above 5. We only seldomly felt earthquakes around 4 of magnitude, and last night in Zürich wasn’t an exception to this.