A HOSPITAL worker has spoken of the terrifying moment when a powerful earthquake hit New Zealand.
Julie Cosgrove, originally from Thornton, witnessed first hand the 6.3 magnitude quake which devastated Christ Church in February.
The 42-year-old who lives in Halswell, a suburb south of Christ Church was trapped in a hospital store room during the deadly tremor.
Julie, who trained at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, told The Gazette she feared for her life.
She said: “I was at work in a store room when I felt a huge thud and got pushed into the wall and on to the floor.
“Everything jilted backwards and forwards and I just remember crouching on the floor trying to hold on to the trolley.
“I could hear people screaming which really frightened me, the violence of it was horrible, like nothing I have experienced before.
“The tremor lasted 20 seconds but it felt like an absolute life time, I just physically couldn’t move the building was shaking so much.”
The devastating earthquake which killed more than 160 people and injured over 2,500 followed a 7.1 magnitude quake in September, which was stronger but did less damage.
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