"It's wonderful to see the city and the entire country come together in a time of crisis to help those who are suffering. I have chosen to stay because I feel that I was brought to Christchurch and survived the earthquake because I am meant to help out. I feel as if it would be wrong to abandon a city that has Under Armour Micro Limitless Tr Nylon Runners Mens been so welcoming to me, I want to see it rebuilt and to see people get their livelihoods back," she said.
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ALBANY In the aftermath of New Zealand's earthquake, Russell Sage student Catherine "Katie" Shriver heard sirens, smelled smoke, and saw large panicked crowds screaming about collapsed buildings. She felt like she was in an apocalyptic movie.
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"We had no idea what was going on outside of the university until about a half hour later when I heard someone in the crowd who was on their phone yell that the cathedral went down and after that we kept hearing more news of the damage and chaos downtown," the Oregon native explained.
When the quake started, she was alone in her student flat at the University at Canterbury, checking her Facebook account. Her first instinct was to stand in the doorway of her bedroom and, once it ended, she rushed to find her friends, she said in an email.
She had been in the country for about two weeks when the 6.3 magnitude quake hit Christchurch midday Tuesday and killed at least 145 people.
In the meantime, she is starting volunteer relief work in about a week by distributing food and water, and helping with the cleanup. Her university, she said, was set to bus out 300 people to volunteer Thursday and 10,000 people total showed up.
A couple hours later, her family and friends from Oregon who live in Christchurch found her on campus and took her to their home.
"We didn't get power until late that night and didn't have water until Wednesday afternoon," she said. "The aftershocks have continued, many of them have been quite big. More than 20 above 4.0, last I heard, but some of them are hardly noticeable. You can hear them coming before you can feel them, it sounds like thunder. We brace ourselves and just wait for it to be over. They happen usually every hour or so, sometimes more." When she went to the supermarket, there was no milk and two aisles were badly damaged. Lines at the gas station are literally a mile long or more.
accessible except for emergency services and people are getting arrested who try to go there.
Luckily, her flat is not damaged. Her college classes, however, have been put on hold. The university told students to consider this their semester break, which normally occurs in April. The college will not be opening until at least March 14, at which point courses will be condensed.
as bad on the side of town that I am in, but my friends that I'm staying with know people who have lost their homes, and some of the people who are missing or have lost their lives," she said, noting that downtown is not Under Armour Mens Shoes Blue
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