June in Christchurch.

mareeStarred Page By maree, 27th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3l4fetci/
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This is an update on the earthquakes in Christchurch.
How our beautiful city is getting destroyed. People are heart broken and leaving.

Month of June begins with little changes.

It is 3am June the 8th 2011 Sat morning, I have had an unsettled sleep waking to terrible aftershocks.
I am still not use to the violence with which they come. Yes gone just as quickly, by the time you wipe the sleep away from your eyes, and your brain kicks in.
All is calm once again, leaving you dazed and confused.

It is Queens Birthday, The weekend always reminds me of my dad as he passed away on the Friday and we could not bury him until the Tuesday, in 2009.

My partner is going away on a boy's weekend, so I will be at home alone, decided to have a weekend on the computer surfing and chatting at my social media websites.

I will go and take photo's later on of a Carnival I saw setting up in Waterloo road.
It filled me with so much excitement when I saw it. I thought Yahoo things are going back to normal.
When I ventured down their at 10.30 am, I was so disappointed to see very little people.
It was strange and their was a silence in the air.
I expected to hear children's laughter, I was left wondering where they all were.
Parent's over protective, too scared to let their children venture from their sight.

I stare at the TV, remembering when I use to advertise Maree Designs at CTV.
I still can not bring myself to watch the recordings, as Jo passed away that terrible day, when the earthquake struck in Feb 2011.
So many people just could not get out, the gorgeous young girl that told you were to stand etc. The young boy just starting his career at production's. All gone with the blink of an eye.

A Japanese school was in the CTV building, they lost a lot of students, the worse story I heard was that one of them was trapped by her hands, they could not get to her in time.
She passed away as fire ravaged through.
When the policeman came across her body, and saw it was just her hands that prevented her escape he was horrified when he told his story. You could see the imagine was forever etched into his brain, giving him sleepless nights.

It is so strange when you go to the outer city, and look through the barb wire fence's.
Our Business central city is destroyed. It will take years to build.

Remembering the Eastern Suburbs. Where we once lived.

Our city I think will move west, we have already relocated their.
We were in the Eastern Suburbs when the big one hit in Feb.
We lost so much, but at least we survived.
My friends baby was with its grandmother. Who would think that when she put the baby in front of the TV to have a kick. That it would be the last time she would see him alive. Tragic nothing she could do as the TV tumbled down onto him.
Her Grandson's life taken from him.

Fast and furious.


We got an aftershock I was so scared all day I was unnerved around 12 mid day Saturday, I hated being home alone. I think this made it seem worse.
Sleep I did not get as I kept waking in panic with the thought of what would eventuate.
Sunday another aftershock around 1pm. Another restless night.
Monday begins again 7am aftershock.
Went back to bed at 8am as up at 5am, When it shook violently for 20 seconds.
I just pulled the pillows over my head face down terrified it was 5.5 15 km deep west of Christchurch. LASTED 20 SECONDS Not sure if we are west. Will ask Bryan when he returns.
Yes at 909. Got up stressed had a smoke then took a couple of panadol went back to bed. Got up again at 10.30 Really exhausted so made some vita brits. to give me strength.
11.40 running a bath this time you could hear it coming, just enough time to brace my self another aftershock. Seems it is building up.
Thought to hell with it and jumped in my bath. Then I just lay their looking at the mirror then at the window's thinking what sort of damage would they do to my body if another jolt occurred. So I just shut my eye's and tried to drift away thinking of another subject.
As I sat typing I see the screen start to shake. It is rolling underneath me no sound. Lasted all of 10 seconds.
I was so relieved when Bryan got home.

Another week, no mercy.

Monday the 13th June another big aftershock, 5.7 10km eastern Christchurch 11km deep.
Scarey I just pushed my chair out to the middle of the lounge and stayed put, then another measuring 4.3 at 12.29 the mother of them all A 6.3.
As it built I did not know whether to move or not.
So I just stayed glued to my chair.
The radio I turned on to see if any more damage had occurred around the city, straight away they are broadcasting another sufficient aftershock in Christchurch.
People standing at rugby park say it was shaking, as was our house.
It was like being in a boat with the ground just swaying side to side.
Strange and horrible.
The dog next door sounds stressed as it barks a strange haunting sound.
Two minutes later another little shake just to remind us its awake.
People saying lights were swaying at the mad butcher corner intersection, the roads were moving while people were driving.
Power off again in areas. Came on fast and hard then all over.
The worse thing is I had run out of cigerettes and my nerves were on edge, so I made a quick haste to the local dairy.
Why would you leave home when you hear 2 people are injured at Latimar square and liquefaction has reared it's ugly head again.
I have just turned on the heat pump as I am freezing.
Cant wait for Bryan to get home at 4.30. The ground seems to be still moving ever so gently underneath me.
The radio is saying people are trapped and then suddenly the signal is gone, hate it all alone and nothing but the humming of the heat pump.
This is the life we lead now. Never knowing what tomorrow brings.
That was huge my chair swung to the side I placed my hand on the computer desk the other firmly on the chair and just stared scared as hell, everything was rocking and swaying,.
In the far corner all I could do was watch as things were falling off the shelves, this one was a lot bigger stronger and louder, it roared with anger.
They say on the radio if you have a tiled roof you should get out of the house that panics me anymore.
Now I feel sea sick as things still move underneath me.
Made coffee and another one came just as I was going outside.
I just stay on line communicating with people at Wom Vegas. until the internet is cut off.
2.37 another aftershock 6 point
Liquefaction is everywhere once again.
My partner just rang to see if I am alright. I could not talk just told him to come home.

My cell phone is going off now, it was really strange I could hear a noise but it took me seconds to click on, that it was my cell phone.
Thank god the kids have texed me they are safe at their dads.
I hate this having to check up on everyone. People in the Westcoast and Omaru are feeling them
Children are getting sent home their is a real young child on the radio now her voice is sounds petrified, as she says she is freaked as they have no power, ours hasn't gone off yet. We are once again one off the lucky ones.

People might not complain so badly about not being allowed to enter their businesses in the red zone now, as they are falling down.
I was getting really sick of all their grumbling about the way the major was going about the recovery of the inner city.
Roads are opening up again. People are trying to make their way home, going around cars that are stuck bonnet down in craters where the liquefaction has engulfed them. Pipes are breaking and water is pouring out. Is this the way of life for us now.

My kids are talking about leaving and studying else where next year.
I do not blame them. People were scared that their 4 wheel drives would tumble onto their sides. Hard to imagine, let alone comprehend.

This is going to push people over the edge, we are getting so sick of them, how much more can we take, nerves are on overdrive.
6 people so far in hospital due to falling parts of buildings, tumbling down around them.

Don't know what to do, partners not home yet, the things are just on the ground, reports coming in on TV people injured children missing. luckily mine are ok.

Frightening you just don't know when another will come or how strong they will get.

Visions of destruction.

Bryan got home a lot faster than last time, he didn't have to drive east, cars are already bumper to bumper. But he was going the opposite way.
I just hope we don't have to leave this house as we have just relocated.
School's are closed again for days, everything is in ruins again, rocks have fallen in Sumner their is worry that Lyttleton will fall into the sea.

Bryan and I sitting watching TV seeing all the cars grid locked making there way home. We are so pleased we had moved to Templeton, I commented that if we still were at Bickerton street he would still be in the car, "yeah he replied, I was really relieved we live here now".
It is just so heart wrenching as we watch, people are beside themselves. You see dust clouds forming. Yes more buildings have fallen.

Vanda is safely in Australia, I am pleased as she can do without the stress.
She is stranded their due to the Volcano ash, I feel this is a blessing in disguise.

My brother in law was truly lucky as he had been cutting down a tree with a chain saw, He had just put it down taken a step backwards when the aftershock hit.
I have horrible visions of him still with the chain saw in his hand being tossed around with the chainsaw attacking and leaving as much damage as it can.

I just stay home in my comfort zone, surfing and earning.

I reflect back to the week my sister came over from Aussie. What a great Easter we had. I just forgot everything and relaxed.

Life we try to struggle on with.

Ngarita wrote I love sponge bob. Tina watches it all the time. We're OK.
Both the back and front doors are jammed shut so we are climbing in and out of the lounge window....very funny to watch.
We have a builder coming over at 4pm to access the damage and do an emergency repair. Oh man, I'm sooooooo over this now. Yes to a catch up sometime.
It is near impossible to catch up with friends now we are out West.
I just do not want to travel to the Eastern Suburbs. Then guilt sets in.

Been spending all day sorting out stuff still in the garage.
Found clothes in a rubbish bag just washing them now. Yes still unpacking from Feb It is now June the 14th.
They just upgraded the after shocks yesterday a 5.9 and 6.3

Weds begins I am washing all my fabric that has been sitting it is damp, but I am excited as have just listed on trade me first time since Feb.

Nicki rang boy what a story she has to tell. House has a red sticker, they had to have shots as sewerage was rushing through her house.
Toad stools are growing inside, glass pot lids brand new she thought she could selvedge are covered in moss and fungas.
She says her lungs hurt when she tries to breathe. The air is full of so much dust.
There is no sense in trying to retrieve as the smell and stench just won't budge.

We have had over 40 aftershocks since yesterday. People are beside themselves, giving up hope, Just once to often, another explodes.

It is a new fault just south of the port hills, houses are falling, or hanging onto the cliff edges for dear life.
Boulders bigger than houses are tumbling down, smashing onto the roads.
Amazing no one has died.
Just an elderly man that was way to cold, no power or heat. I suppose his body would not tolerate any more abuse.

So much red dust, darkness is setting in. So dangerous to go out as you do not know what lies beneath the liquefaction, a hole or crater.

It is quite scary and airee. The house moves as if a life of its own, it slightly shakes when the wind blows.
You realize in a second it isn't an aftershock it is just the wind outside blowing. Still your heart has traveled to your stomach.
The house seems so weird still soft under foot when you move from one room to the next.
It is now Wednesday afternoon and I have just got out of the bath.
I am standing at the sink brushing my teeth stark naked.
I thought I would allow some air to circulate around my stoma.
When another luckily only small aftershock occurred. All I could think about was, I did not want my false teeth to go on a merry ride, as I had them sitting on the sink bench. That would be the last straw. all I would need is to be toothless oh what a horrible thought.
No one sees me without my top teeth in. Not even my kids.

The most haunting sound is the helicopters flying over head, it makes you stop and think who are they off to rescue.
What sites they must be presented with, no human been should need to deal with the sites they come across daily.

Freaking out, every truck that passes my heart skips a beat.
The dog next door is going off. Another weird and strange day eventuating.

Friday the 17th still aftershocks occurring given up recording them all as just an never ending event now.

Saturday Bryan just mentioned the birds are going crazy outside, I replied I hate that it makes me think something terrible is coming.

Being taken advantage of.

Could not believe the stupidity of people. Left me angry and upset, that people would take advantage of us, in these trying times of need.

Went to face book and Zara had left a message to say her face book account and G mail account had been hacked. Ignore any messages sent from her because they were not from her.
When I opened my email account to see a message from Zara entitled Help.
I opened it with my heart racing. I thought oh no where is she in this aftershock, is she hurt.
It read Help I am stuck in England, all my money has been stolen can you help.
If the hackers had taken their time to read her information they would of seen she was experiencing the aftershocks in Christchurch and it would of been more believable if they had said my home has been destroyed and I am terrified please help me by donating so I can leave this town.
I also have been getting over heated with conversations on the phone with people stating my computer has a fault and I need to log on so they can access it, yeah right, so they can steal all my information, more like it. Boy did I scream down the ear of one more soul.

Beautiful poem.

Roses are still red, the sky is still blue,
The cathedral has fallen, many buildings have too,
You can rattle our bones, you can rip streets apart,
But you will never defeat our red and black hearts,
For we are Cantabrians and together we know,

This was so beautiful to read on my face book page, from one of my friends.

Yes I have been leaving the TV off now, as I am sick to death of all the destruction.

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Christchurch, Depression, Destruction, Earthquake, Horror, Life Goes On, New Zealand, Support, Survival

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Due to major surgery in 2009, I was forced to shut shop after 20 years. Determined not to feel sorry for myself I decided to swing the situation around to my benefit.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Jun 2011 (#)

My heart goes out to you and all the people of Christchurch, Maree.

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author avatar Denise O
27th Jun 2011 (#)

Maree, lordy hon! I am actually at a loss of words. Let me catch my breath.
K, I am back. Hon my prayers go out to you and all others stricken by this horrible disaster. It is so heartbreaking to hear your account of it all. Also not having your family there, oh geesh! As a mother, I can so relate. 9-11, when planes were used as bombs here in America. Just the dogs and I were home. This was during my illness and I was not able to get up, without help in and out of my wheelchair. My daughter was 16 at school. they had a lockdown, we have Ft Benning right next door, that was protocol, we were being attacked. My son was 18, at work, so was my husband. My brother Billy was at his school. I swear girl, I have been a slab on a bed for over 7 months, just waiting for my last breath, not able to move just months before this but, I have never felt so helpless. As I did, when I couldn't get to my family that day. I am sorry I used up so much room but, hon. I had to let you know, I hear ya. My heart aches for all y'all. I just wanted you to Know, this Alabama woman cares. Girl you got me crying.
Now back to business. What a heart wrenching, lovely written piece of work. Such sad photos hon of the distruction. Also some good ones. Love your picture. You actually had me chuckle a few times, keep that sense of humour. Congrats on the star page, it is truely deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
27th Jun 2011 (#)

destruction*
oops.:)

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
27th Jun 2011 (#)

This is really a bad set of events happening!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing your story, and photos of Christchurch New Zealand, its so easy to forget what other people are going through when so far away.

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author avatar maree
27th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for all your support.
We are one of the lucky one's.
We are alive and breathing.
I can still earn an income from home.
No one can get insurance now.
The City Council buildings run out in 2 days.
No one will re insure our city

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author avatar Denise O
27th Jun 2011 (#)

I am so sorry Maree.

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author avatar Asghar Khan
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Maree, a comprehensive article. It was good to know what is happening there but at the same time, it is heartbreaking. I remember when I was in Pakistan on 8 October, 2005 when the earthquake with 7.6 magnitude hit us and the destruction was unexpected and devastating. The life goes on, people do recover gradually. All I can pray is, that there is no more destruction to come. Really reminded me of that time in my life, HORRIBLE ! I hope you are all fine and will be fine. Be safe and take every precautionary measures to protect yourself and people around you. God Bless !!!

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author avatar maree
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

I hear you, it is a horrible thing to experience, you just never forget, it always will linger at the back of ones mind

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author avatar maree
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Remove this now this is not an advertising page, how dear you use our destruction as a form of promoting.

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author avatar maree
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Remove this now this is not an advertising page, how dear you use our destruction as a form of promoting.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jul 2011 (#)

Maree, I got on wiki for a few, to work on a page. I am worried about how things are going. I hope and pray it is working out my friend. If you can, just leave a note here, I will check back. Denise.:)

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author avatar maree
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Things are fine, a little shakey, but a fact of life now.
Thank you for your support.

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

All our hearts go out to you Maree, i'm glad to have found you here.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Good to hear my friend. Have a blessed day.:)

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author avatar J A Ridley
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Wow you have our prayers. Thanks for putting your situation on the record! We saw a brief bit on the news about a scroll being found in the steeple of that beautiful church but it was never mentioned again. Maybe it was in a statue. Do you have any info?

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author avatar maree
13th Jul 2011 (#)

They have not opened it yet, it was placed their in the 1800 amazing. We have had over 7000 aftershocks now.

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author avatar J A Ridley
15th Jul 2011 (#)

There are a lot of worries about earth changes now. We will keep you in our prayers. Maybe you can write a paper about that scroll.

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author avatar maree
25th Jul 2011 (#)

Still no use on it. All I know is it is at the museum.

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author avatar J A Ridley
30th Jul 2011 (#)

Sounds like they are keeping a secret. Why not open it?

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author avatar maree
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Do not know. We have just had three more aftershocks this morning.

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author avatar J A Ridley
9th Aug 2011 (#)

I have heard that the old continent known as sri lanka may be raising from the sea in your area. Google it. May be interesting. Sheldan Sidle or something like that was saying it with a map and everything. Fits with your data

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author avatar maree
11th Aug 2011 (#)

They are predicting more snow this weekend. Plus with all the aftershocks. The last thing we need is the water rising. Please NO is all I can say.

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4th Oct 2011 (#)

I get annoyed with people promoting sites to join.
This page is for people to read
and see what is going on
in Christchurch.
If I wanted promoting on this page then I will tell people to go to http://www.dollarwise.ws
My downline website.

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author avatar Maree Wells
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Merry Xmas everyone. Life is so great now. I have transferred my store to Triple Clicks now. I decided not to reopen another shop. I even have a vege garden as well.
I would love everyone's support getting my business back on track
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author avatar Bashir Ahmad shah
27th Dec 2013 (#)

Happy Merry Xmas to you and your family. Really very interesting and I wish to Jesus for your progress and happiest life on this universe.
Allah Hafiz
God bless you Maree.

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27th Dec 2013 (#)

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