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Christchurch Earthquake

I'm OK - thanks to everyone for asking

I was in a suburb of Christchurch called Sumner which seems to have been pretty badly hit.

Sitting in the library when the world caved in. I did exactly what you're not supposed to do and went back in for my bag - it had passport, money etc. There was a huge rock fall along the street and people were killed underneath it - half a cliff fell down into the main street.

My car was just on the perimeter of the damage - the car across the road had a rock on its roof. After the initial quake, I got in the car, turned it around as the road blocked in front of me and drove out of the area. It was like a war zone - houses on fire, huge gaps opening in the road, water everywhere and people running in all directions. The traffic was very slow and I kept feeling aftershocks as we drove.

Spent the night at a friend's house in Lyttelton. The town was very badly hit with 80% of old buildings destroyed. We had walked over a mountain to get to the bay as the roads were all blocked and the tunnel closed. People later killed on the same path we took.

Tuesday night was absolutely terrifying as the aftershocks were happening every few minutes with big ones at 3:00am and 6:00am. I was just thankful to have got through the night. We then walked back over the mountain to help clean up my friend's house in Heathcote. I then got in the van at about 5:00pm and drove out of town. The roads were packed and people were panic buying food and fuel. Got to a campsite north of the city in a forest, lay in the van and just shook.

Saturday 26th now and it seems a lot calmer. So many people are still missing and the death toll will surely rise from the latest figure I heard of over 100. I was so lucky, as were hundreds of others, but we need to think of all the families who are still waiting for news or have already heard of somebody they have lost.

Live each day everyone!!!

Alison xxx

Posted by amazingali 12:57 Archived in New Zealand

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So glad to hear you're OK. I was hoping that you'd moved on from New Zealand or at least were nowhere near Christchurch! It sounds as though you were indeed very lucky. Fingers crossed that the worst is over, and sorry that you've had such a nasty experience.

by Dave.H

and thanks for letting us all know, Alison. Love you loads. Keep safe.. Lesley and David xxx

by DnL.Trent

Thank God you are ok. Like Dave I thought you'd be far from there. Dreadful disaster. Mal has people there too and they are all ok too. Can imagine how scared you must have been kiddo. As you say...live it like it's your last. xx

by Rossteel

...hey, alison, peter told me you were ok the other day, must have been terrifying...makes you think, don't it!...i'm still in india, leaving next wednesday...speak soon, take great care...love Ax

by nantic

Hi Alison, thrilled to hear you are ok - John and Sue are there too - likewise all ok. If you are near a phone this weekend - any weekend let me have a number and I will call. Got back from S America last week - tell all when I speak... jane

by Wonderwoman

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