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Working in a national emergency
  1. Holly Morris
  1. Correspondence to Dr Holly Morris, Resident Medical Officer, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth 7085, West Coast, New Zealand; hollyvmorris{at}

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After a 2-week reprise in the UK for a wedding, I am travelling back to the ‘Shakey Isles’. Two weeks of sleep, uninterrupted by aftershocks in a house with continual power, water and sewage facilities have allowed me to reflect on the past 3 months living in a state of National Emergency.

At 12:51 on 22 February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Christchurch, sending masonry and buildings falling, …

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