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When I remember a place, I often very distinctly remember the photos I took there.

So it goes for Christchurch, New Zealand — the place where I was born and have spent countless summers with friends and family. Christchurch was torn to bits last week by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, and it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Aftershocks are still ripping through the city, leaving residents panicked. Luckily, nobody has been killed, but the infrastructure of the city is in shambles.

The top image is a stretch of road on Mount Pleasant, where I lived as a child. The below image is my uncle standing atop a huge rock overlooking Christchurch. These pictures represent my hometown in happier times. Here’s hoping that more happy times are soon around the corner for Christchurch.

Please contact Sam Hodgson directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/samuelhodgson.

Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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