Sonny Bill Williams was forced to spend last night at a friend's place after his apartment was damaged in the earthquake that rocked Christchurch but the dual international considers himself one of the fortunate ones.
"It was like a scene out of a movie," Williams said.
"I was with a mate and we went down to the cinema to find his wife and kids and there was just devastation everywhere. They're saying there is about 65 people dead but from what I saw it is going to a lot more than that."
Williams was sitting in a spa at the local pool when the earthquake hit just before 1pm yesterday.
"With the last one you could ride the earthquake but this time you couldn't do anything. I thought the roof was going to collapse," he said.
"There was a kids swimming class at the pool and my mate started yelling 'the kids, the kids'. When I looked down there were waves in the pool and you couldn't see the kids."
Williams was in an even more precarious spot when the first major earthquake hit on September 4, in the serviced apartments complex where he lives.
"This building is eight stories high and it sways hard," Williams said.
"It was 4.30am so when I woke up my first reaction was shock. Could this be happening? Then there was the reality that it was happening because the building was swaying.
"When we're kids we were taught that if there is an earthquake to get under the table or get under the door but the way the place was shaking I just thought that is not going to save me. I thought the whole building was coming down. It was pretty freaky stuff and there's been so many since.
"I was in a restaurant a good month or so after it happened and there was an after shock and everyone sitting in there just stopped and looked at each other. Then when it passed everyone went back to what they were doing but I don't think you get used to it."
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