The major earthquake near Christchurch , around 350km north of here, woke us at 4.35 this morning. It was strong enough here for me to be concerned about objects falling, though none did. The timing was fortunate, in that not many people were out on the streets. Had they been, there would have been many more casualties. As it is, some people had some amazing escapes. For news stories see TVNZ or BBC.
After working for many years as a research physicist, I became a part-time project officer with the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) at the University of Cambridge in the UK. I've also been a member of the steering group of the Cambridge AWiSE networking for women in SET. I am now based in New Zealand.