Like so many other businesses in the city, WORLD's Christchurch store (housed on the ground floor of the ANZ Bank Chambers on the corner of Lichfield and High Streets), was entirely demolished in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. Looking at photos of the devastated site where WORLD once sat, the possibility of any survivors seems implausible. But implausibility be damned – according to an email sent yeseterday from WORLD director Denise L'Estrange Corbet, the retail assistant working inside the store when the earthquake hit was miraculously unharmed.
Denise L'Estrange Corbet:
"The whole event unfolding there is utterly tragic, but I want to thank Jono, the guy from the store next door to us in High St, Christchurch. When the quake struck, our staff member Holly remembers only watching the large windows buckle, then she opened her eyes and had fallen through the floor to the basement of the building. Her screams brought Jono running from next door, and he, somehow miraculously, managed to get her out without injury apart from concussion. As you can see from the picture she was very, very lucky and without Jono I don't know if the outcome would have been the same."We're reading so many of these stories of survival and heroism coming out of Christchurch – it really is heartening to see the strength and bravery of people in the wake of this unbelievable event.
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Before and after. (Click to enlarge)
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