If you’ve been following my journey through the dissociative disorder known as depersonalization, thank you. Writing about it, and knowing it is being read about, has helped me cope a great deal, and that means a lot to me. Maybe my words are helping you understand what I’m going through, or maybe you’re going through depersonalization too and my words are helping you feel less alone. I hope they are helping someone. Read The Long Road
In the second, larger 13 June 2011 earthquake, two of the large decorative concrete panels came off our work building. That, in turn, made the engineers unsure how the building would perform in another large earthquake (and since we were on the third quake above 6.0 at the time in a rather rich aftershock sequence, no one was ruling out anything by that point… Mother Nature seemed to turf the rule book out the window). So, Unit 7 in Amuri Park was red-stickered, and the owners came to see us to tell us that it was cheaper for them to demolish and replace the building than to repair it.
For those of you not in the know, Christchurch and the greater Canterbury region was rocked by several larger earthquakes over the past two years and two months.
It all started with the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, 40 kilometers west of Christchurch. Being further out from Christchurch, the damage to the city itself was not as severe as the extremely close February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which severely damaged the city, killed 185 people and injured at least 2,000 people. As if that wasn’t enough for our battered city, the June 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and December 2011 Christchurch earthquakes rattled the city with a few good blows. Throw in 11,000+ aftershocks into the mix, and we’ve really been rattled good.