– The Palms, Shirley

On February, 22nd I had just been to the Gym and was doing some last minute shopping in Farmers at The Palms because we were due to go to Australia on the 25th for a holiday, when the quake struck. It was very loud and when the lights went out quite dark. There were people screaming and trying to stay on their feet as the building was moving in a really strange way. You had to fight to stay upright. I saw three women clutching part of a wall and went to join them, with difficulty. The first shock had stopped and I went to the counter to see if I could be of any assistance as there were older ladies in trouble and stressed out. I grabbed hold of one lady and escorted her from the building to stand outside the Doctor’s rooms opposite. She was hysterical and wouldn’t let go of me. She saw a lady who lived at the same complex as her so I took her over to her. I was concerned for my dog that I had left at home in her kennel and wanted to get back home. The liquifaction was coming up through the gratings and running down the gutters. It was grey and cold, running very fast.

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