While Christchurch still shudders from the effects of the earthquake and aftershocks, here I sit in Auckland, in my apartment eyrie overlooking the high city and Rangitoto Island as the sun dips below the horizon behind me.
And as I sit, I reflect on that same Rangitoto island, which is just one of numerous volcanoes (at least 50) that reveal the monogenetic volcanic field upon which most of urban Auckland sits, and the most recent to erupt, 600 years ago.
We know Rangitoto's eruptions have tended to become bigger over time.
This field is not extinct. A new eruption could happen at any time, although there are usually between hundreds to thousands of years between eruptions.
Hundreds to thousands of years.
Incredibly short in geological time.
Oh man, how brief thy life, how short thy memory!