– Sumner, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

To me, the worst element of an earthquake isn’t the fear, or the surge of adrenaline, it’s the feeling of being utterly out of control, being at mother natures mercy.

I can remember the earthquake very clearly, as cliched as it sounds, as if it was only yesterday. I don’t think I’ve ever been as frightened or terrified in my life. I can remember instinctively ducking under the table I was at, and the feeling of the world crashing around me as books flew wildly across the room. I remember thinking about my sister, my parents, my cat, thoughts flew though my mind. I even remember considering if the 2012 apocalypse had come a year early.

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