Many South Islanders awoke about 4.30a.m to the movement of a significant earthquake. With the light on most of our household rushed to the doorways of our double storied home.
We watched the strong swaying of a large solid glass lampshade indicating that this was a big earthquake. This movement lasted for a while. It took some time to stop after the shaking subsided.
We felt two after shocks. Canterbury people have felt many of these.
A brilliantly fine morning belied the drama of the early morning. There was no obvious structural damage to our home.
Our DVD and another piece of technical equipment fell/slid off our television. That is all.
We don't want to experience another earthquake such as this one but our experience was minor compered to some people up north. Personal injury and property loss is not uncommon for them.
My concern is for these people