– Spreydon, Canterbury, New Zealand

I have worked in civil defence for decades. Have experienced quakes in LA, San Fran and several other places in the world but what l experienced in Christchurch after Sept 4, especially the after shocks, even left this hardened veteran with a new respect for the word fear.

They are so unpredictable, so challenging and so diverse and the size of the area they affect is just huge, you know, for example, its not like when a severe weather event hits, you might get some warning and it might hit parts of a town but these quakes and their aftershocks are something else and you have NO control and that is the hardest thing, there is no where to hide, in some way it affects everyone and every part of the community.

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