Ten thirty six pm and we were sitting in the lounge watching the TV news when there was a rumbling through the house. An earthquake! It went on for a couple of seconds before it grew in intensity lasting for over 2 minutes.
Ornaments started to shake, rattle and roll but luckily they were well held down with blue tack and the cabinets are screwed to the walls. Early reports that the earthquake was 6.3 on the Richter scale but it was eventually reported as a massive 7.0, larger than the Christchurch earthquakes. The only saving grace was that it was centred 240kms deep somewhere around South Taranaki. Had it been shallower the results could have been catastrophic. Phew, that was close!