2011 Christchurch Earthquake: My February 22nd

“22 February 2011 was a day that started just like any other. When I woke up that morning, I, along with everyone else in this city of 350,000, had no idea that in just a few hours, the life that I knew would be turned upside down forever.”

My February 22nd

New for 2019: Download the e-book for free

My February 22nd was released on the one year anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2012. The response to the book has been overwhelming with people purchasing and reading the book from all around the world. The intention of the book was never to make money and since it has been released in 2012 it has been offered at a little bit above cost price – this was to cover the costs of the book’s production, as well as to allow for fluctuations in exchange rates. This project has now largely paid for itself in sales, and therefore I am pleased to be able to make the e-book free for all to read. To download and read the ebook for free (no registration required), simply click here.

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In addition to the free e-book, you are still able to order the print edition. As of January 2019, these print orders will now be fulfilled and dispatched across the globe by Blurb UK. The price of the book has also been reduced, and there are various print options (e.g. paperback and hardback) to suit a variety of preferences and budgets.

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Order the Kindle edition

You are welcome to use the free e-book download on your Kindle. However, if you wish to purchase the version designed specifically for Amazon Kindles, you can do so affordably via Amazon. The pricing of the e-book has recently been dropped to reflect the fact it is also freely available for download.

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About the book

At 12.51pm on Tuesday 22 February 2011, a massive magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand centred at the Lyttelton Tunnel in the Port Hills within 10km of the city centre and within 5km of the suburb of Mt Pleasant where I was at home at the time. The earthquake killed 185 people, injured about 2000 more, caused mass destruction in the City Centre and in the Eastern suburbs. A year on, and we are still reminded daily of the earthquake – we’re still out of our homes, buildings continued to be torn down around us, we’re still driving on damaged roads, the city centre still remains closed, many people have still not returned, and of course, the ground is still shaking with continuing aftershocks. The violence of the ground shaking recorded in the Christchurch earthquake is the largest recorded in any city in the world, ever.

This is just my story of that one day – everyone will have their own story. My story only captures my experiences on that one day – I am yet to document the days, weeks and months of sadness, frustration and insecurity that followed. This is my attempt to help the rest of the country and the world understand what the people of Christchurch have been through and continue to go through here.

Why did I write the book?

My story is not the most scary, horrifying or traumatic story out there about the February earthquake, but to me, 12:51 on Tuesday 22 February is all those things, and in the months that followed, I found myself getting thrown back to that terrifying moment in my mind and it was suggested to me that perhaps if I write down exactly what happened that day, it may help me deal with it. This is why I wrote it.