I was in Waipara on February 22nd with all the year 9’s from Christchurch Girls. I was standing on a large tyre and when the quake started, it was hardly felt but then the tyre slowly started swaying and all i could hear was creaking sounds from the trees. Everyone including the teachers just thought it was another aftershock but then texts from loved ones started flowing in. We all gathered into a big hall and everyone was checking for geonet updates on their phones. All i could think about was my family because none of them were replying to my texts.
When we heard the news that it was a shallow 6.3, there were a lot of tears in the room. Rumours were everywhere like, “The city is on fire” and “thousands have died already.” All that was on my mind was what if my family were part of those thousand. A bus came out to Waipara and it then took us 3 hours to get back to Christchurch. I finally got texts back from my family and a lot of the stress was gone especially since my dad works on Moorhouse Ave. When I got back to my brothers house, my Dad was there to and they were watching the news. They were both happy to see me okay. Then we got a knock on the door from my aunty who works in the city. She was in shock and It was easy to tell.
Finally I went home to Rangiora with Dad and he dropped my aunty off in Amberley. I was so glad to be in Rangiora where I felt safe there being away from the worst of it. This earthquake has changed my life and is something I can tell my own children, nieces and nephews about.