Monday, March 18, 2013

Auckland's Earthquakes.

On the 17th of March 2013, Auckland experienced it's first earthquake since 2007. The tremors came from the Island next to Rangitoto, Motutapu. The first one was a 3.1 magnitude at 4.01pm and the second one was a 3.9 magnitude earthquake at 4.05pm. The 3.1 magnitude was 6kms deep and the 3.9 magnitude was 5kms deep. I wasn't there to experience it but my friends were. We are going to be hearing from them both. My first mate said " I was asleep when it hit so I didn't feel. it." My second mate said "I felt it from Manukau." "I was reading one of my comics when the house started to shake." "It was so cool." I hope next time one hits I can be there to experience it. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gabriel Narrative Stormy Day

Whipping and lashing at me as I stood at the at the shoreline, the wild wild waves were like being slapped by a wet towel. Icy cold, I continued walking to my mother. On this stormy day at the beach, Raenan and I were trying to get to my mother in the carpark before the day got even worse. The sting from the cold,  felt like knives slicing me everywhere. As I walked even further, I felt like I was floating because I couldn’t feel my legs. This was turning into the biggest disaster I’ve ever been in.

“Gabriel, Gabriel”. I could hear faint screaming from near the water. Was that Raenan yelling out my name? I ran towards the sea. I noticed Raenan, struggling waist deep in water. He was struggling as the waves crashed over him. He was getting swept out to sea. I grabbed him then pushed him onto the shoreline. He was saved but I was the unlucky one. I fainted from the coldness. Going with the current out to sea I was being swept out. Trying to swim I failed from my numb body. The only thing I could do was wait.

“............... Please help me my lord Amen”. I was praying for my survival. I have been floating for like 20 minutes but it felt like forever!  I thought hope was all gone when I heard a sound. “BEEP,BEEP.” I could hear sirens in the distance. I was relieved, but there was one problem, I couldn’t swim. My body was still numb from staying in the water too long. Screaming and yelling, I try to get their attention. It worked but they didn’t know how to get me up. The men lowered a fishing net, passed me and scooped me up into the boat. Raenan and my mum were there as well. It was awesome to be saved but It was better to see my mum and Raenan.