– North New Brighton, Canterbury, New Zealand

My class was just about to do an assignment for our pets when the February earthquake happened. Someone in our class had a bleeding nose and was very scared because she thought she was going to be hurt again. Everybody was crying and crying and lots of people were just calming down and saying it was only an earthquake but when we heard it was a 6.3 everybody started crying, even me. There were lots of cracks in our classroom and somehow I felt we were on a lean.

When we tried to go out the door our teacher saw that it was broken and she said ‘everybody out the back,’ When we went out the back there was a ramp and it had lots of cracks through it but it was good enough to walk on it. After the earthquake finished every class went onto the field and the teacher did the roll. We were all sitting down and then Sharon came and we walked to Mum’s car in the liquefaction and I fell over in some.

When we started driving our car got stuck in a hole so we had to walk all the way to Sharon’s house. Then while we were walking I fell over again and my shoe got stuck in some. When we got home we were happy that we were away from the liquefaction but when I saw lots of cracks I started being sad again. Then Mum and Sharon said to stay on the trampoline and don’t move.

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