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It Was A Very Frightening Experience

Naziah Ali, partner of famed  footballer Roy Krishna, said yesterday she was with him in Wellington when the earthquake hit. The publisher and editor-in-chief of Mai Life magazine said the
15 Nov 2016 11:00
It Was A Very Frightening Experience
Wellington Phoenix footballer Roy Krishna with partner, publisher and editor-in-chief of Mai Life magazine Naziah Ali.

Naziah Ali, partner of famed  footballer Roy Krishna, said yesterday she was with him in Wellington when the earthquake hit.

The publisher and editor-in-chief of Mai Life magazine said the 7.5 quake on the Richter scale was her first experience with an earthquake which she found very frightening.

She said it was scary when things fell off the shelves.

Ms Ali had uploaded videos on Twitter and Facebook of her experience.

The video showed her and Krishna running out of their apartment in fear of the building crashing down.

Wellington was deserted yesterday and it resembled a ghost city, news reports said.

It felt some of the most powerful tremors.

The quake was centred near Culverden in North Canterbury and struck just after midnight.

There were two quakes and several after-shocks.

Two Kiwis are dead. Fijians  are understood to be all safe.

Mother of one, Susana Veikoso, 27, from Nakobo, Cakaudrove, Vanua Levu, said she was having a cup of tea when her Christchurch home was hit by the quake.

She had moved to New Zealand in 2008.

“It was late Sunday night, I had just put the baby to sleep, sitting in front of the television enjoying a nice cuppa and watching a late night movie.

“I felt the house literally moving, I thought it was just one of those after-shock tremors.

“I had been used to these tremors moving to Christchurch eight months ago, surprisingly this one felt bigger and stronger than the tremors that I had been used to.”

She said she was terrified and ran into the room to check on her baby to see if there were any hanging ornaments or artifact that would be a hazard to her.

“The baby was fast asleep in her cot, looking all safe and warm. I came back into my living room, took down all personal wall hangings so they wouldn’t fall off and cause any damages to the house.”

After she turned on the news, she was shocked to discover that it was a severe 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Meanwhile, our four parliamentarians in NZ are safe, according to a statement from the Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

They are Aseri Radrodro (SODELPA), Prem Singh (National Federation Party), Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden, and the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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