A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit North Canterbury (in the South Island) just after midnight this morning, and aftershocks are ongoing. It was felt up here by some (not me) and there's a lot of damage to land and property around Kaikoura, and to a lesser extent in Wellington, but there have only been two deaths, which after Christchurch is a massive relief even though it still feels like waiting for the other shoe to drop. Friends and family are okay but tired due to middle of the night evacuations and aftershocks, and unfortunately the weather forecast for tonight in the affected areas includes gale warnings, just what you need when you're trying to work out if it's wind or an aftershock rattling the house. I agree with china_shop that the pathetic fallacy re the effects of the US Elections is getting out of hand. All the best to all those affected.