– Rolleston, Canterbury, New Zealand

We know now what that huge bang is. You know the one, the one that sounds like the BIGGEST empty truck and trailer unit in th world is barreling towards you and there ‘aint nothing you can do about it!’. We live in Rolleston, about 500 meters from the tip of the greendale fault.

Waking to that bang, like many people in Christchurch, we thought “what the hell was that…” then a shake, then a pause, then another BANG we looked at each other, this time it was different, it was louder, the shake was more violent. We didn’t have time to look at each other, we just lept into action running to the kids. We got to thier rooms bashing open doors to make sure they were ok, all this with the house shaking, pictures and glass smashing, doors banging, then silence . . . our homestay student wandered out of her room . . .’What was that?’ she asked.

That was, our first earthquake.

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