For six months, Christchurch had been inflicted with quake after quake, starting with the 7.1-magnitude quake that woke residents of Canterbury from their slumber on September 11, 2010. The aftershocks were down to magnitudes of 4 and 3, and we could finally start to sleep again. They told us that the worst was over. They were wrong.
On February 22, 2011 at 12:51pm, Christchurch was struck with a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that decimated an already crippled city. The epicentre was only 10 km (6 miles) from the centre of Christchurch and at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). Five years later and life is returning to our city, but memories of that fateful day and the days/weeks/months that followed still run vivid through our minds.
So many things happened back then and so many stories have yet to be told. I would like to hear from everyone out there about their memories of that day.
Do you have an amazing survival story? Were you one of the USAR rescue workers that came to help in the days/weeks after? Are you, or were you, an employee of one of the companies that came helped Christchurch when we needed it the most?
Do you have a story to make us laugh? Do you have a story that makes us cry? Do you have a story the leaves us in a state that we don’t know how to feel?
Please send me links to your stories, be it on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Instagram or any other public forum. All I ask is that you be willing to spread the word of all the other posts filled with memories of the day. If you have a story, but don’t have a public page or blog that you can put it on, but would still like to share it, I can help you get that story out there, either through this blog, the blog for Christchurch Writers’ Guild, or the blog for Black Wolf Editorial Services. I just want to hear your stories.
If you would like to be added to the blog hop, please contact me using the form below or leave a comment. Alternatively, you can contact me through Twitter (@JudyLMohr) or through my public Facebook page. Let’s tell the world how resilient and caring the human race really is.
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