A family who fled their New Brighton home with their disabled child have returned to find the property looted.
Melissa Mill and her husband were shaken away by the earthquake this morning and decided to leave their home for safety.
They have two daughters and the youngest has muscular dystrophy.
"That's why we left, because we thought it was safer for her if anything happened, like if there was a tsunami," Mill told the Herald.
The family left their Bower Ave home at 2am and returned five hours later to find it ransacked.
"We came up the driveway and saw the work truck was gone," she said.
"Then we saw the front door was open, the side door, the garage door and the sleepout."
Thieves have been all through the Mill's house and stolen their television, an x-box and other property including their 12-year-old daughter's wireless microphone system which she needs for a hearing impairment.
The system is worth about $5000 and is set up specifically for her, so will be of no use to anyone else.
Mill said she was disgusted by the incident.
In a city ravaged by earthquakes and disaster she thought her home would have been safe and the community would have pulled together.
"I feel sick," she said.
"I feel absolutely devastated."
She said police had been alerted but due to the ongoing earthquake situation they said it could be two days before anyone could get to the home.
"They have been through everything," Mill said.
"It's really horrid. We took our family away to be safe and came back to all of this... it's just devastating."
Mill said the work truck had a lot of tools in the back and was quite recognisable.
The number plate is EPP79 and it is a silver Mazda truck with roof racks.
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