Saturday, September 4, 2010
Today Our World Shook
My beautiful Christchurch. Today she looks more like a war zone than the 'beautiful Garden City'.
We were woken at 4.35am this morning by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was the most horrific experience. Everything was shaking, things were flying around the room, it was dark and in that half sleep state, confusion reigned. My husband was away and Holly was spending the night at her Nan and Pop's house. I grabbed the little one and stood under the doorframe, praying our house didn't fall down on top of us. Oddly enough, the little one did not even make a peep through the whole experience. Rather, she clung to me in complete silence.
Morning bought relief from the darkness. But still the aftershocks continue, a horrible reminder of how powerful mother nature can be.
We got off lightly compared to many. Both our chimneys are badly damaged, but the central city and many suburbs are devastated. It is just heartbreaking.
Please, keep Christchurch in your thoughts tonight.