I know that with the recent earthquake in the South Island lots of my cyber-friends are concerned about how we are faring.
Hubby and I are fine. We live in the North Island so are 500-600 kilometres away from the epicenter of the 'quake. We slept right through it and never felt a thing!
However, what IS quite surreal is seeing all the images of the devastation on television. These things happen in other countries - not your own. Not sure why it is quite such a shock because NZ sits right on top of several fault lines and we have frequent earthquakes. Usually they are fairly small whereas this last one, at 7.1 was a biggy.
This link shows a few images.
We have built our tourism industry around boiling mud pools, geysers etc - all a good indication of plenty of underground activity. And we have harnessed all that activity to provide geothermal power. So it isn't as if we should be surprised.
I live about 50 kilometres from Lake Taupo which produced the biggest volcanic eruption the world has ever seen about 1800 years ago. So one of these days I will be in the hot seat.
But not today!