Aotearoa People's Network

6.3 and all's well

Post-quake exodus
Keiran joins the office worker exodus after Monday's 5.7 and 6.3 quakes.

Well yet again the APNK team found themselves in the midst of disruption, ructions and sand volcano eruptions this week with double-barrelled 5.7 and 6.3 magnitude quakes doing their best to disturb the peace on Monday afternoon.

For most APNK sites around the country the only disruption to service will have been when Keiran was cowering under her desk and therefore unable to troubleshoot helpdesk calls to her usual high standard following the 5.7 (as seen in this this tweet she sent out) and later after the 6.3 when the APNK office lost power and staff had to decamp to their homes.

Unfortunately for Canterbury sites (in the Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts) there was a loss of network. This occurred because the radio wireless connections the Canterbury sites are on feed back to two buildings, both of which were affected by the quake and suffered power loss.

We're glad to report that most Canterbury sites were back up by 11.30am yesterday, with Rolleston, Kaiapoi and Leeston having intermittent issues until about 3.00pm. All sites are now operating as normal and despite the issues with the Canterbury sites, there was no loss of internet feed nationally or problems with the datacentre (both Christchurch-based) largely due to built in redundancies for just this type of situation.

Unfortunately there was one loss at APNK HQ, with one of the four goldfish in the upstairs staffroom now officially Missing In Action. The remaining three fish have been relocated to a colleague's backyard pond where we imagine they'll live happier, safer fishy lives.

But other than that sad loss, the network, staff and homes of the APNK are all well. Thanks to those who have sent messages of support.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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