As you guys know, I live in Aotearoa NZ – land of the long white cloud – aka Shaky Isles.  We’ve had a lot of significant earthquakes in recent years, including the big ones in Christchurch.

I hate earthquakes!  I don’t know what it is, but they scare me senseless.  I don’t mean give me a fright, I mean a quivering under the table for the next half an hour while I’m a babbling mess!  Yes, a polytech class had to halt for a lesson as they tried to pry me out from under the desk once!

I think it is the whole destruction thing, earthquakes can shatter houses and lives. Christchurch Cathedral, before and after 22 February earthquake 2011
Christchurch Cathedral, before and after 22 February earthquake 2011

Not just one house, like a fire, but a whole City.

The people in Christchurch have had a tough time rebuilding, especially with significant tremors since which has caused more damage.  When the initial earthquake happened I was working for an Insurance Assessing firm and they asked me to go down.  I politely declined.  I’m pleased I did.

My mum got caught up in the big one they had in June 2011 – it was as big as the February 22nd quake, and she’d had surgery and was petrified that if she fell on the ground she would pull all the internal stitches.  I had to drive down the next day and pick her up.  I don’t blame her.  I was scared for her.

I have used a earth destroying earthquake in a story – my ‘Memory Recall’ story – which I have yet to finish.  It was so big that the city of Nelson sits underwater, and everyone had to move to the surrounding hills.  A lot of New Zealand lost its coastal lands and the new coast is miles inland – pretty much Christchurch and Auckland no longer exist in the story.

So there is another insight into what makes me tick.

A to Z Blogging Challenge – E is for Earthquakes
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2 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – E is for Earthquakes

  • April 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I recently felt an earthquake and it was scary. Must be terrifying to go through a big one like Christchurch did.

    • April 7, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Fortunately I don’t live near Christchurch, but the big on in September 2010 was a 7 on the richter scale, and that one woke us up.


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