| | I am alright
Thankyour for your concern. There have been no reported deaths. We are very lucky here in that regard however lots of people have lost their homes, pipes are broken, sewage is contaminating water supply, and we have a storm on the way that could cause more flooding and contamination of water, not to mention gale force winds which could further blow buildings over.
We have had at least 21 aftershocks since and they seem to keep coming. they sort of die out for a while and you think, oh phew---it must be subsiding, then one sneaks up on you and rattles your nerves again.
I am one of the lucky ones, my house is safe to be in still, with very little damage however I'm having to boil water for everything.
It happened in the early hours of the morning, so most people were asleep and few people were in the city at the particular buildings that were totaled. Noone was in their cars when they were swallowed up by the roads cracking open. Our civil defense organisations are very organized and working very well but it looks as if we may have a while before things get back to normal.
We had liquification of soil in some areas.
I'm so so grateful that I am one of the lucky few, but also still scared. I've never experienced anything like it. I mean I've been in an earthquake before, but this one was over the top. At first it was like, okay this is a bad earthquake, I can breathe and push through this. But it just seemed to keep coming and coming and it was like, 'okay, I can cope with this, I can cope with this'...then it got worse and more intense, the ground felt like it was bubbling up and rolling underneath, you're kind of bouncing on it, clinging to the side of the bed but that's shaking too, it was like the air itself was shaking and the NOISE...and then it was like 'okay, no this is enough i can't take anymore...not coping..not coping..' and then it finally stopped. Five minutes later another one happened again. Again I'm lucky and grateful but man do I feel like my insides are jello. They say we can expect aftershocks for the next few days, and that they could be up to a magnitude of 6.
But my beautiful kitty and I are okay.