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I survived a holiday earthquake
In Feb 2011 I decided to travel from the UK to visit my family in New Zealand. Part of my time was scheduled to be in Christchurch as I have 2 daughters and 2 nieces there. I was there on Tuesday February 22 when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit at 1.51pm. I was sitting on my bed talking to my mother when the bed turned into a bucking bronco. The room was pitching in all directions and I narrowly avoided being hit by a falling bookshelf. I was not scared at the time but that 20 second earthquake has killed hundreds of people. The official toll is at 147 with the police warning that hundreds more are missing presumed dead.
Many aftershocks have followed but luckily all my family are safe and apart from my daughters house being severely damaged we escaped unscathed.
The days following on from the quake were hampered by the loss of power, sewage and water. The roads were damaged and we did not travel from the house for several days. I am now back in the UK but it was a sobering experience. I am thankful to be alive and very sorry for the families of the victims and appreciative of the rescuers and people who helped out in the emergency. Humans are frail in the face of a natural disaster such as this but this doesn't stop them working to ameliorate the damage and providing support to others.
Travel can have its downsides as well as its upside.
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