You might have heard that New Zealand experienced a very large 7.5M earthquake this morning (14 November). We certainly felt it here in Wellington, but we are all fine, and our house is fine too. Many people have already contacted me on Instagram and Facebook, and I'm grateful to have such kind friends from all over the world.
The big earthquake occurred at 12.02am (two minutes past midnight) so we were all asleep when it started, but were soon woken by the rolling motion of the earthquake. It was bad enough that we leapt out of bed and sheltered in the doorways. Nothing fell down in our house, but there was a lot of noise and it was hard to stay standing.
We immediately turned on the radio for information, and were told that it was centered about 300kms from our house - so we knew it was big and other people would have suffered damage to their homes.
Now we know that at least 2 people have died, and there has been a lot of damage to roads and railways in the top half of the South Island.
It was very hard to go back to sleep because we were shaken, and we kept feeling aftershocks throughout the night. School and work have been cancelled because building need to be inspected for safety. So I'm at home with my husband and son, and we are safe, but still feeling the occassional aftershock.
You can look at these websites if you'd like more information: