A year ago on February 22, Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by an earthquake magnitude 6.3 that claimed hundreds of lives – fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, and sisters. I lived in Christchurch from February 2003 to July 2010, missing the first horrible earthquake by mere months. Even though I had moved to Auckland by then, it still affected me and I still think about Christchurch often.
My friend Bex Davies wrote this account for the NZ Herald of what life in Christchurch is like for her and her kids 1 year on from the earthquake. It’s beautifully written, I was saddened by how her children now play “earthquake”.
New Zealanders everywhere both in Christchurch and overseas will be observing a moment’s silence at 12:51 PM (NZT) / 6:51 PM(EST) to commemorate one of the country’s darkest times in history.
Below are some pictures of Christchurch before I left, before the earthquake.