Carol Marsh, Darfield, after the 2010 Canterbury earthquake

When I realised we were having a severe earthquake, my first thoughts were – I’ll be safe in my Lockwood house. When my neighbour arrived, I assured him his family would be safe in my house. When it was daylight, we saw there had been extensive damage in our area. I had few breakages, and feel humbled to be one of the lucky ones, with my 1970s Lockwood house coming through the quake undamaged.