Monday, April 5, 2010


At about 3:40 pm, Easter Sunday, I had the chance to enjoy perhaps the longest-in-duration earthquake I've ever witnessed. The following day, the newspapers announced a magnitude 7.2 quake, centered near Mexicali, Mexico, which was about 100 miles from where I was.
Most earthquakes I've felt made me think of someone sliding a giant spatula under the house. This one felt like someone tried and then had to scrape the pan vigourously. While watching some furniture shake, I wished I could capture the effect with my camera, but it was not nearby. About 5 minutes afterward I noticed the chandelier still swinging, and figured that will have to suffice. Below is the chandelier at two end points in its swing, with one superimposed on the other.


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