People stranded in the Forsyth Barr building must abseil to safety; a parent journeys on foot into the CBD to locate her young daughter while another walks for kilometres to find her son; a bus driver struggles through liquefaction and aftershocks to deliver dozens of school children to safety; a visitor to the city attempts to rescue people in Cathedral Junction; a community worker guides her charges to safety and a crane owner is key to rescuing people trapped in ruined buildings.
'Fragments: First-hand accounts of the February 2011 Earthquake' is available from 22 February on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts - all the podcast apps - and of course at RNZ.co.nz
Produced and presented by Katy Gosset. Co-produced by Justin Gregory. Original interviews recorded by Christchurch documentary producers, Sandra Close and Julie Hutton in the months immediately after the 2011 quake, as a means of securing a valuable archival record for the people of Canterbury.