– Aranui, Canterbury, New Zealand

September 4th 2010. I was woken by what I thought was the worst shaking I have ever felt in my life, my husband and I woke and sat up at the exact same time, he yelled earthquake at me, I knew it was but still for a split second I wondered if he was right. I stumbled from the bed and slammed into the door frame whilst trying to get to my son, I eventually made it to his room, I fumbled for the light switch and couldn’t work out why it wouldn’t turn on, I gave up and carried on to his cot. I tried numerous times to get my son out of his cot but the shaking was so violent it was difficult to grab hold of him. I eventually got hold of him and ran to his dooway and stood there until the shaking stopped. I then realised the shaking had cut the power. We went outside and started the car so we could keep warm from the heater as there was a frost outside, we turned on the radio and listened to peoples experiences. We sat in the car for a few hours w.ondering if what we just went through was for real. A few of our neighbours came over to check that we were ok

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