– Rolleston, Canterbury, New Zealand

September 4, 2010 – 4:36am: Cat awakes us… probably cold and wants to get in the bed… Ohh, another coal train rumbling by… but the noise seems to come from all around us? No…. It’s an earthquake… 5 Seconds… It’s a strong earthquake… 10 seconds… Right, time to hunker down… 20 Seconds… Shit, this must be that big one that… 30 Seconds… I’m just waiting for the walls and roof to cave in… 40 seconds… OMG when will this stop… this is it… our time is up… I love you darling… 45 seconds… OK it’s stopped moving… We made it through… But it’s still rumbling below us… Hang on, we don’t normally get big quakes? If that is what we got subjected to then someone else, probably Wellington, has just got a barrelling. I hope everyone is alright… Luckily everyone is OK… And then came February 22, 12:51pm…

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