The two-storey 1920s home of Neil and Cathy McPherson, in the suburb of Merivale, had its two brick chimneys demolished and ceilings cracked.
"You couldn't walk, it was so frightening," McPherson told NZPA.
"We've lost treasures but that is neither here nor there - ornaments and dinner sets."
She said her husband tried to rush to the nearest beam to their bed, but tripped in the dark over a heater that had fallen over and then found his path blocked by about 200 books that had fallen off their shelves.
The JewsMedia was so desperate to show that we are all equal that they reported looting in the streets! As we all know of course, the JewsMedia loves to lie.
Civil Defence asked people to assess their home or workplace for damage; look for and extinguish small fires if safe to do so; and not overflow the phone lines with non-emergency calls. They were also asked to check on elderly neighbours.
ChristChurch, New Zealand right after the earthquake. Order among chaos. Be sure to check out the eyewitness report on "looting".
Haiti moments after the earthquake.
Well, at least they are both speaking European languages, no?