My daughter Jill had only been in Christchurch for two weeks for a semester abroad program at the University of Canterbury. She had only been to two classes for the first two days of school before the earthquake. She texted us on Monday right after it happened. She was pretty shaken up because it was so violent. First she crawled under the table while she had been making a sandwich. She said her friends were screaming. They they ran outside. She said it was nothing like our earthquakes in California. Her school housing was OK, but two apartments down had damage. All of her things fell off the shelves, etc. There were terrible aftershocks following, so she had trouble sleeping that night. She said she was so lucky it did not happen on Saturday, because she would have been downtown where all of the damage and tragedies happened.
The program she is in took the students to Springfield 45 mins. away from the University because of all of the damage and raw sewage in the streets. They told them only to text, not use the phones. We have spoken with Jill three times since. She is well, but I feel for the families that did not have good luck and suffered from this tragedy. Jill is currently a UC Berkeley pre-med student and wanted to move to Christchurch for the spring semester to continue her studies. On Monday, which is our Sunday, they are moving all of the students to the University of Auckland to continue their education because the Univ. of Canterbury is closed for at least March 14, if not longer because of damages to the school. She is sad she won't get to go to school in Christchurch, that is where she wanted to be.
I will be going to visit her at the end of June and travel around the country with Jill.
Thanks, Toni Green