Low casualties ....
A lot to do it was the timing: 12:02am (local).
Woke the wife and I up, and we just thought "Another earthquake. Meh", and then it kept going and we dashed to the doorway.
A truckie was missed post-quake and the fear was he was under a slip, turns out he was in a comms dead-spot INBETWEEN two slips....
Worse for Wellington where I am, were the floods on the Tuesday - they shut down more of the capital's infrastructure (all roads and rail into or out of the city were unusable) than the 'quake. That said, we have a HEAP of buildings that will be now pulled down before they fall down, and some of them are relatively new (ie post-Christchurch). Questions are being asked of the engineers who signed off on them.
I posted to FB a few days after the EQ and these types of videos and data were coming out "I hope there is an upsurge in interest in Geology as a subject/career choice."
Some very cool (if scary) science in all this.