Monday, March 7, 2011

..... and then the quake struck.

When the thunderous 6.3 quake hit Chch on 22 February, I was at Bromley School with six parents, about to start our 1 pm session. We were instantly thrown to the floor and unable to gain any sort of control over our limbs, as furniture crashed down around us and books spewed forth from the library shelves. Luckily the students were all outside, sitting down eating their lunch under the close supervision of staff. As soon as we possibly could, we were up and out of the room, as anxious parents started running into the school from all directions in search of their kids. All the time, the ongoing aftershocks kept rumbling and groaning, shaking us to the core. Petrified kids were crying, while others desperately tried to cuddle and console their buddies. Staff were onto it and under the close supervision of their principal and deputy, the earthquake "drill" was caried out seemlessly as students settled sobbing into their classlines.Well done Bromley!
Now two weeks on, Christchurch is in recovery mode. Most areas have power and water again, and some schools will be starting back this week. Computers in Homes will be up and running again before too long.
Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. Kia Kaha.

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