– Braco Place, Christchurch, New Zealand

I was on the phone when the February 2011 earthquake happened. The phone went dead. I could tell the earthquake was bad because water was sloshing out of the aquarium even worse than the September 2010 earthquake. After the shaking stopped there was silence for a long moment then sirens. I had no idea the earthquake was so severe that so much of the central city had been destroyed and many people had lost their lives until I turned on the radio.

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