– Harakeke Street, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Christchurch Girls High School finished early on February 22nd and we were let out from school at 12.00. I was in my friend’s pantry getting some afternoon tea when suddenly all the selves and food came crashing down in front of me. I ran so fast out of the kitchen and over to the door way where my two friends were standing in terror and we stood under the doorway until the violent shaking had stopped. When we were sure it had stopped we called out to see if the boys upstairs were ok but they had previously locked the door and struggled to open it. So we had to run upstairs and unlock it for them. Then we all went outside and stood in the driveway away from anything that could fall on us. We all texted our family and friends to make sure they were all ok and so they knew we were ok. Many aftershocks were still happening and we were all getting very worried and frightened as we did not know at this stage just how bad it actually was. We waited till Bridget’s (the girl’s house I was at) parents came home and after many hours of sitting outside wrapped in rugs and eating any food we could quickly grab my brother and cousin took me home. I was in shock when i saw my house and was very upset and worried. For one month after the earthquake my family and I stayed at my auntie and uncles house with other members of our family as well. We were all very squished but after this kind of disaster ad devastation we pulled through and then were able to go back and live in our house where we still are now.