– Christchurch Men's Prison, Christchurch, New Zealand

I was asleep when it hit but I think most people around the country were asleep when it did. I thought it was the end of the world everything around me was shaking. Beyond anything I’ve known. I saw the window rock left and right so far apart were the distance it shot back the other way, the lights in the room flickering on and off on and off I wasn’t sure what was going on but dang I thought I was a dead gonna for sure. The noise was so terrifying even noise now all this time later it’s 2017 living in the North Island and even the slightest bump, bang, deep rumble noise, makes me cringe. Stupid thing was I can’t even look in a mirror when it’s dark and I don’t know why I remember looking out my door window as we’re having aftershocks straight after the earthquake and I could see a warden Inside The guard room, shes got a cup of coffee in her hand there she just standing there looking at the screen watching events going on “what a powerful woman”, the ground was shaking and she was just standing there like you were surfing I had to smile watching her. But you can believe I was wide awake, I could hear The other lads asking what was that but explicitly. Could hear others screaming to be let out even. We waited a long time before we were allowed to exercise. After a week I knew I was in the best place to be in this instance. I could of died instantly, no pain, maybe? But this place been standing for over a hundred years. Stood the test of time in this earthquake. I’m not sure how long it was before I was transferred to Wellington but there was an Aftershock probably every minute every 5 minutes every day and night until I left to go to Wellington on transfer.

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