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Monday morning brought startling news of a monster earthquake that hit the South Island of New Zealand.
The quake measured 7.5 - later upgraded to 7.8 - on the Richter scale and with an epicentre about 60kms (37 miles) south-east of Kaikoura at a depth of 15 kilometres (9 miles).
The 90-second quake was felt across the world, recorded by seismology institutes in a number of countries.
At the time of writing, there have been reports of two earthquake-related fatalities, a Tsunami wave of 2.5m (8ft), which fortunately did not cause serious harm, and massive damage across the North Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough regions and as far north as Wellington, Lower and Upper Hutt.
We are relieved to report our Wialus Solutions office and staff in Wellington escaped relatively unscathed.
Wialus provides specialised geospatial data visualisation OSS tools used by major telecommunications networks to monitor, analyse and manage their networks... and navigate through unexpected events like this earthquake.
Wialus are proud to be involved providing support to the hard working MNOs, CSPs and network vendors who are in full-flight earthquake recovery mode.
We can report our SaaS service remained online and available during and after the quake and more than 2,000 aftershocks; we have been privileged to provide assistance and support to the recovery effort.
Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to the many thousands of people affected by these events, throughout the country.
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