– Addington, Canterbury, New Zealand

Woken up on September the 4th to the house being bounced up and down. The horrible noise. My thoughts were that a group of guys were outside shaking the house and some one in a truck reving it up waiting to drive it through the house – got out of bed all ready to abuse whoever was outside, went to turn light on (no power), went through to lounge to get cellphone then daughter texted to say it was earthquake. Then it was mad panic trying to contact rest of family to see if they ok. The memory of that night is so clear.

Then Febuary’s one had me thinking i was wonder woman as i ran and walked to get to my grandson from school in Barbadoes str, finally found him. How we getting home he asks walking i said oh no he goes im scared, had to reassure him he was safer walking as cars were stuck and not going anywhere. We got home safe and sound but he was not keen to come inside. What happened in CH CH will never be forgotten.

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