Marlborough Magazine August 18 - Page 38

38 OUTDOORS Aftershock Adventures with South Pacific Helicopters STORY BY SUSIE WILLIAMS | SUSIE WILLIAMS & YOLANDA STEWART Being shaken awake in the middle of the night on 14 November 2016 was like a nightmare to many of us living in the top of the South Island. The noise, raw damage and trepidation it created for days, weeks and months later cannot be understated. Imagine how that must have felt, must have sounded for those at the centre of the earthquake as their surrounds thundered down the sides of mountains into the valleys below. The echo of the valleys with avalanches of soil, sand and rocks tumbling to the ground must have been truly terrifying. Heading out into the skies to get a bird’s-eye view of how the landscape has been reshaped from this earth shattering experience, was simply amazing. From the sky above, the magnitude of the November 2016 earthquakes can be realised far better than from the ground. The scale of work still being undertaken on the roads down the coast and the sheer volume of land that has been physically moved down the valleys is amazing. It’s actually jaw-dropping to see how much of the ground has been lifted up from the sea bed. Maybe this is Kaikoura’s answer to surviving global warming! Daniel and Monique Stevenson are