Last Saturday morning, 4th September at 4.35 am, we were very rudely awakened by the most violent shaking and loud noise as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch.
The damage for some has been enormous - not just to property, but to people emotionally as the aftershocks continue - 6 days later. many people have lost homes as well as businesses. Virtually new homes have been lost to subsidence of the ground underneath, as new fault lines are discovered.
We were very fortunate that we did not sustain any real damage to any of the property apart from a couple of glass vases and a large planter in the garden.
The door to the outside has a cat flap in it and the cat was still able to exit because the lowest drawer left a gap that she could fit through.
So, we were extremely lucky to have so little damage in such a severe quake. We are very thankful for this and our thoughts are with those who are not so well off at this time.