Yesterday the South Island was rocked by a massive 7.1 earthquake. Christchurch was the closest city to the epicentre and a civil emergency was declared. The devastation is catastrophic - it is so surreal and I think the fact that we are miles away in Auckland makes it seem a bit like a movie.
Image: LA Times
This was big but scientists are saying this isn't the big earthquake they were predicting - scary! Last night I was woken by a tap, tap, tap - I panicked thinking it was someone at the door so I looked outside. There was nobody but I couldn't shake that panicked feeling. I mentioned it while I was speaking to Mum on the phone this morning and she said her bed 'rolled' gently in the night. Her bed is solid wood - to move it you have to unscrew it all first. It's impossible to move it as it is. Then I thought back to Saturday. I was sitting on the couch watching TV One's running news broadcast and I could have sworn I felt two very subtle 'rolls'. Was I imagining it or could Auckland be feeling the tail end of the aftershocks?
My thoughts are with everyone affected by this earthquake and I hope that life can return to normal as soon as possible. I know quite a few bloggers who have been affected by this and they all have varying accounts. Some have little damage, others have a lot.