We are all safe in Christchurch after the earthquake

Finally I can get online and contact everyone. I am sure you have seen the news and the devastation that has hit Christchurch with the aftershock on Tuesday. Aftershock? Boy it was worse that the earthquake of September 4th 2010. I can describe it as if you are a cork in the middle of the ocean and getting thrown around. The house was like a tiny lilo that was rocking on an unstable ground. Everything was thrown to the ground and smashed, furniture was tipped up, pictures on the wall literally jumped of the walls. The gold fish were lucky to have any water left in their tank.

We were lucky, our house is still standing, we have had no power and water, but we have all our family alive and accounted for. There are still so many people missing. It is a very bizarre experience as I sit here using a mobile connection to contact you, some people are homeless, some are digging holes in the garden to use as toilets, others are queuing up for fresh water at the local schools. The entire central business district is closed down, we are waiting for a 26 storey hotel to fall down as it continues to slump in one corner.

We were just starting to get some sleep at nights, the anxiety had lessened and the dependence on a glass of wine to calm the nerves at night had decreased.  Now we are back to feeling uptight, the children won’t go upstairs unless there is someone with them, their behaviour has changed. It was a very traumatic experience for the children, they were at school when it happened and were outside playing at lunch time. Alex was thrown to the ground and banged his head, Emily twisted her ankle and was very frightened. Now every time there is an aftershock, she grabs something solid and freezes on the spot. Alex dives under the table. Charlie the 17 month old is oblivious to the whole experience, and is a happy bouncy baby! In fact his antics keep us sane as he provides the light relief to make us smile in a situation that is dire for the city.

We have only just seen yesterday the devastation on TV as we had no power, so it was very distressing to see what has happened and it felt like you had been hit again as we just had an idea in our head after listening to the radio. It was much worse that we had expected.

The good thing is that they were already well into the planning to rebuild the city after the first earthquake, so it will now just be adding to what was already planned, and the addition of a huge amount of essential services like power, sewerage, water, gas and roading.
As I sit here, we have more after shocks. I better get back to cleaning up the mess, it has taken longer than I had imagined. I would just like to say thank you to all the people who have emailed me with their thoughts and prayers. We appreciate that and feel that someone was looking after us as we have now escaped two large disasters. I managed to receive some emails, I haven’t been able to reply as I have intermittent internet access.

I would like to send my condolences to the families of all those who did not make it through this experience. We don’t know who you are yet, and as we wait to hear, we cross our fingers that it is no one we know, but in a city as small as ours, I am sure we have lost friends, so for now, we are putting that out of our minds as it is out of our control. I would also like to thank all the countries who have sent experienced search and rescue crews to help us look for survivors. They have come from Australia, Japan, China, United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Taiwan. (Sorry if I have missed anyone).

We will be back in contact when we have a better internet connection.

Lee, Chris, Emily, Alex and Charlie.
Amanda and the team at interiordezine.com

72 thoughts on “We are all safe in Christchurch after the earthquake”

  1. Glad to hear you all are well! I remember the huge chandelier swaying in the Christmas Cathedral in Omsk, and it was strange. Never expect an earthquake!

  2. I am so glad to hear you & family are safe and sound. It is terrible for children to experience this traumatic situation, i know; give them more encouragement and comfort, time will heal the pain. May you all be blessed with continued safety.

  3. Hi,glad to here that you and your family are okay. Thank you for the update! our prayers and thoughts are always with you.

  4. Hi from Sasha in Tasmania. I am so relieved to hear that you and the Family are OK. Have been following it all closely on the news with great compassion to you all in Christchurch for suffering such devastation. Hope things settle down a bit and no further traumatic aftershocks occur. My thoughts are with you at this time… Sasha

  5. I thank God that you and yours are safe and sound. I did not know you are in Christchurch.
    Is there a way we can contribute to Interiordezine to help your family? You have provided a valuable service to many, now allow us to help you.

    God Bless,

    Rose Lupo
    Orlando, FL

  6. Our prayers are with you, you have been been so helpful to all of us with the interior design lessons. We hope you can recover and we send prayers for those who lost family in the disaster.

  7. Dear Lee, Thanks dear God that you and your family are well! I'm thinking of you all the time and praying for you!
    I am so sorry for all those unfortunate people who didn't make it in this terrible disaster.

  8. Please accept my heartfelt condolences dear brown family
    my families heartfelt prayers are with all you & your beloved people
    May you all find strenght in this difficult hours*Sending Much love & Prayers

  9. I am thank God for keeping you and your family safe. I also appreciate that you keep me on your mailing list even though I do not respond often. God Bless you and keep you and may he make his light to shine upon you.

  10. dear lee & Chris

    May hod continue to look over you and your family.My prayers are with you all. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.


  11. I have been thinking of everyone in Christchurch.. how incredibly sad. I'm happy your family are all fine; sad to think of the children being so frightened.

    My prayers are with everyone there.. wish I was closer so I could help those in need.

    Glad you are ok.

  12. I had thought of you and your family when I heard of the areas affected. So glad to hear you are safe and sound. My prayers go out to those who are suffering any type of loss and also for your continued safety.

  13. Lee, I am Yelena Parshina from Almaty Kazakhstan. I am very impressed by your educational and professional work. We thought about your family when the earthquake in Christchurch stroke. Thanks God, you are safe. Almaty is also an earthquake zone, so i know how the buiding can lean and then go back. This is really awful experience, but we got used to it. I am a brand new interior designer and read all your articles, thank you.

  14. Utlwi
    God is faithful. good to hear He kept you safe during a time like this. May He continue to keep you from harm at all times. God bless

  15. I'm so glad to hera you're OK. You were the first that came to my mind the moment I heard about what happened. Take care and God bless.

  16. I was out of town for a couple of days and I didn't watch TV at all and when I came back and heard about the tragedy I was thinking of you. I am so happy you and your family are OK.
    I'll pray God to keep you strong and help you and your friends there to get through this and I'll also pray for the others.

    Maria from Romania

  17. May god continue to look over you and your family.My prayers are with you all. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

  18. Glad to know that you and ur family are safe…I pray for more survivors

    I also pray for those who have lost their loved ones and give them the strength to bear with the loss…

    God bless u all, the whole is in a shock..

    Mother nature, please take care of us all, we are your children and please forgive us all, who have abused nature in any way.

  19. Jane in Michgan, USA

    So glad to hear you and your family are ok! Thought of you immediately. Praying for you, your family and your community. Please stay safe.

  20. Glory be to God and to our Lord Jesus who made it possible for you to be saved. We pray that He will continue to protect and meet you all at the point of your needs. Amen

  21. I'm glad you and your family are safe Lee. May God continue to keep you safe. My heart goes out to the precious souls lost. May they find peace.

  22. from zambia,i send condolences to the bereaved families.above all we thank God for the safety of your family.May God protect all the affected people in that area

  23. Lee,
    So glad to hear you and your family are ok.Keep watching that baby Charlie. From Tropical Sunny Curacao a speedy recovery for everyone Christchurch.

  24. I am so happy to hear you are all up and well. We thank the Lord for keeping you safe and bringing you out of the "Aftershock". I pray that he will help you all build your city in no time, but don't forget to include him when you putting things back into place.

  25. Thank God that you are all safe. GOD IS GREAT. I will continue to prayer for all of you who have been affected by this disaster

  26. Lee, thank God you, your family and decorating team are safe. I've been watching the news -devastating. I'm praying for all of you, specially for the people that have lost their possessions or , even worse,family members or friends. A big hug from Mercedes (from Colombia).

  27. Lee and Fam-
    I'm so glad to hear you're all OK. I was thinking about you when I heard about the earthquake. It's funny that I don't even know you except through your posts, but have appreciated all your help with interior design so much. Good luck with all the cleaning up. Stay safe!

  28. hi lee how r u right now i am so sorry to hear this bad news from u i thank god not to repeat this earthquake anymore i pray for u LEE
    and ur family to be safer side always take care lee

  29. Hi Lee
    I am so happy to hear that you and your family are ok but still find the time to write after such an experience. We appreciate that. God Bless you and your family.

  30. Dear Lee and Chris,

    I immediately thought of you as soon as the news of the earthquake was on the news. I just hoped you were all safe. I think you must have a mission God needs you alive so cheer up and see what God needs you for. Your creative powers are going to be in demand. God Bless you all.

    Jacqueline Mercieca – Malta

  31. Lee and Chris, Emily and the Boys, Prayers go out to you. Newzealand is a beautiful ctry and so is Christ Church.
    Be comforted and know we are praying for you.

    Catherine (now in Kenya)

  32. So sorry to see the devastations and the loss of lives in Christchurch.

    May the Lord continue to keep you in Jesus' Name.

  33. so glad that you and your family are okay…

    it was a horrible incident there when i saw the news.. it really makes me sad..

    God bless you and take care Lee…

    I pray for you..

  34. my condolences to all those who did not make it through in this disaster
    I wish you my very best to recover from this unpleasant experience

    Mercedes Garcia from Amsterdam in The Netherlands

  35. Sorry to hear that,though i had just check my email & read it just now.I dont have an idea that you are located there.I am glad you & your family are safe.Please take our prayers and for those who are affected too.Hope to hear update from you soon.

  36. I know it’s a traumatic experience, good to hear that you are all safe. My condolence to the family who lost some of their members. Let’s pray that disasters like this won’t happen again.

  37. I am so glad you and your family are ok! Omg your story reminded me the earthquake, in 1980, in Italy where at time I was living and I vividly remember still now the after and the fear to go to sleep…Few day ago my daughter asked me what was an earthquake, I couldn't give an answer. I really know and understand what are you going through.God bless you all

  38. lee,thank God u and ur family are okay.av been thinking on how to get rhapsody of reality daily devotional by pastor chris oyakilome across 2 u.www.pastorchrisonline.org.i love u all

  39. Thank God for u and ur family. It's good to hear from and to know that u are safe. may ur country not have these kind of experiences again in Jesus name, Amen


  40. Dear Lee, i thank God that you and your family are fine.i think that is more important than any other thing.God will surely restore and even multiply all that you and your family have lost.All the best!

  41. Thank you for sharing part of your life with us, sad as these moments are we survive, we rebuild, we become wiser about the fraility of life and hopefully make some adjustments. We here in Queendsland are still daily working through the flood but even if with our own disaster happening, we feel for each of you and what you are experiencing also. You are most definitely in poeples prayers!

  42. We are praying for you and your family, and for the whole Christchurch community…

    God Bless.

  43. hi lee.
    i'm badryah from malaysia. i'm so sorry to hear of the disaster. thank The Al Mighty Allah for the safety of you and your family.
    we do prayed for the safety of all.


  44. i was so friegthened when had about what happened and am giving my condolences to those that doesn't' make it. Am happy that you and your family are safe and sound, God is you strength.

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