Ahhh! Earthquake! Run for your like to the table!
The Richter scale for the earthquake was 7.1. The epicentre was in Canterbury, 30 km from Christchurch city and 10 km underground. The good thing is that it was 4:35 in the morning.
Pipes were snapped, water had been turned to sewage, power lines had fallen over and smashed, more than 500 buildings smashed and over 100 aftershocks. No people are dead but very bad injuries. Lots of cuts and broken bones.
A boy fell out of his own house and had very bad injuries, cuts and bruises. The house was 130 years old and he did not die.
The engineers went around the city and put little stickers on the buildings. The green one means it’s safe, you can stay in there. The yellow one means it’s probably not best to stay there, it’s a little bit dangerous. It could still fall down on you. The red sticker means it’s too dangerous, go away.
On Facebook a university student put up a note saying: We need to help the people with mud and sand around their houses with spades and wheelbarrows.
Children were going out of school areas and jumping into the cracks in the road. Some people think it’s bad and some think it’s fun.