A terrified Queenstown mother visiting quake-struck Christchurch says she wants to leave immediately after the “frightening” shake.
Ingrid Thomas and her two- and three-year-old daughters were in a downtown apartment building near Christchurch Casino when the 6.3 magnitude quake hit at 12.51pm today.
Her Queenstown-based husband Richard Thomas – Mountain Scene’s publisher – spoke to her soon after and says as soon as things started shaking she grabbed the kids and bailed outside.
“She said there’s no way she wants to stay another night there,” Richard says.
“It’s frightening. She says the streets are gridlocked with cars and people standing there going ‘What now?’.”
Everything in the apartment had smashed and the streets were full of rubble and water bursting through cracks.
Richard says his thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and their loved ones who were just getting back on their feet after last September’s record shake.
Ingrid arrived in Canterbury last night ahead of a London-based Christchurch couple’s wedding that had been planned for Friday.
The www.nzherald.co.nz website is reporting “multiple fatalities” across the city.
Police said deaths had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings.