– University of Canterbury, Rutherford Building, Christchurch

I was at university that day, had just gone to my class in the Rutherford Building, 5th floor when it shook like nothing I have ever felt in my life. My friend yelled at me to get under the desk but I just stood there one hand on my laptop one hand on the wall. When it was over we bolted down the stairs outside..there was screaming and crying everywhere we decided to leave. i had to get to my kids, they were at school we left uni just after it had happened driving of in my car (i had to get to the other side of town) the traffic was mayhem i did not get to my house untill 9pm that night my cell was not working so i did not know if my kids were ok-that was the worst part of it..the not knowing. My friend’s cell worked and we finally got a message to my dad to get my kids. Once we got home and i saw they were alright things were much better. In the days following we had many people staying at our house unfortunately we were one of the last areas to gain power or water it was two weeks into it that we finally got our water and power back on and yay a toilet!

The quake was the worst thing to go through, but it has shown me what i can get through and how important people are.

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