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    rayna
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    Hey all. So glad to be back home on ground that doesn’t shake. I bet I am the only one here to own an investment property on a fault line :)

    Last week when I was in Christchurch the city was still completely closed off. There were, on average, about 3-4 decent aftershocks per day. It was an utterly amazing experience to go through.

    Much easier to do business here, far less crime and the people are much more positive in Australia so I am happy and grateful to be home.

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    Welcome home and glad to know that you are safe. Hope all goes well for you now.

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    Hi Rayna,

    Welcome back – I heard something about an earthquake in Northern QLD, but sure that must be rumours – What a terryfying experience that must have been – though the little boy inside of me is going ‘cool!’

    I feel desperately sorry for all those people over there that have suffered. It is times like this I wish I offered a trade or something, as I would certainly be over there offering a helping hand!

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    Yeah, you’re absolutely right. Part of you is going this is so insanely cool and the other part is hearing the dollar signs just ring up for the damage it caused to the house. All the ATMs were down for days and when the local supermarket reopened it was like a war zone. There was ventilation hanging from the ceiling, windows broken, broken computers, broken stands so things thrown in trolleys, dust everywhere. Staple foods were gone within minutes. Like that I am Legend movie in a way. We sat there with our wee AM/FM radio until the power came on. And yep, dig a hole in the yard if you have to go. Helicopters over the city for the most part of the day. Tanks in the streets.. I had fun because I’m not a big fan of shameless commercialism. For a number of days no one even had the slightest thought to go and buy a wide-screen TV or a brand name T-Shirt. The shopping centres were closed anyway.

    The aftershocks are strange. You don’t know whether it’s a “she’ll be right one” or one that will finish off the existing structural damage. The people there live not knowing when another one will hit. One of the suggestions in the local paper was to sleep fully clothed, of all things, in case a serious one hit during the night :)

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    Hi Rayna,

    Welcome home, and thanks for sharing your story with us. As others have mentioned, we’re very pleased you’re home safe and sound.

    Hope you sleep a bit easier tonight, and in your PJ’s too!

    Jayne

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