Ten years ago on Monday - 12:51pm, magnitude-6.3, 5km deep - a monster earthquake throws Christchurch around like a rag doll.
It was lunchtime; people were everywhere, 185 people would lose their lives and those who survived, say they will never forget the violent nature of the quake.
It came from a previously unknown fault line pointing directly at the CBD.
In the CTV building which pancaked due to a flawed design, 115 people were killed and no-one was held to account despite attempts.
I find that wrong.
Ten years on - many families remain as angry now as they were then.
So how do we judge progress?
Insurers were overwhelmed and the Earthquake Commission wasn't set up to cope.
Progress, as a result, can best be described as mixed, judging from my time in the city and from those I have spoken to.
Two-thousand insurance claims are still to be resolved. It's a bloody nightmare that never ends.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Key promised no one would be worse off and said his Government would rebuild the city resolutely.
But progress is slow; parts of the CBD are fantastic and unique - yet empty vacant lots make it still look like a warzone.
The Cathedral is as it was when it collapsed and the Crusaders still play at a makeshift pop-up stadium.
The brutal truth? Ten years on people's lives have not returned to normal.
Duncan Garner hosts The AM Show.