– Opawa, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

This is a transcript of an interview with Eli Wilson-Kelly conducted shortly after the 22 February 2011 earthquake .

I am 15 years old and I was at school on the soccer court when the earthquake happened. Me and my friends just got up for lunchtime and we were standing around waiting to play a game of soccer and then the earthquake happened. I basically just tried to keep my balance and stay standing. The whole school was assembled on the field and I waited for my parents to come. We had to try several routes to get home to Corsair Bay and when we got home our house was pretty good, but lots of things had fallen over. We didn’t have power and water for a few days so we just sat around and read in candle light.

In terms of affecting my life it wasn’t too big, I didn’t go to town and not very much to Lyttelton, just a slight inconvenience, but as far as the deaths and things go, that was terrible, but otherwise it didn’t really affect my life too much.

But everyone was really friendly, everyone, all the neighbours, asked how you were and came around and gave you food, so that was good.

This transcript is from one of a series of interviews carried out by Bettina Evans of Project Lyttelton . We are very grateful to Bettina and the interviewees for allowing their interview transcripts to be posted on QuakeStories.

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