Earthquake

One of the little things you get used to in Mexico City are the tremors that rock the city every now and then. It’s hard to describe the feeling of a quake (I should use the word tremor more than the dramatic earthquake word!)- having someone rock your chair just doesn’t do it!

We had a small one last night that lasted just a couple of seconds. Often you only notice them if you are sitting down. About 6 months ago, we had a more substantial shaker. Went on for a minute or so in two bursts, shaking all the lights and hanging things – the first thing you look for if you feel something.

It was quite eerie, not least because it was the first one I had noticed. You don’t just feel the sofa rocking, but the gound beneath your feet. We haven’t had too big a quake here since the ‘Big One’ of 1985, but I have learned the danger signs. First sound of cracking walls – get the hell out! Otherwise sit put!

The sirens are a good help, confirming that the shaking was indeed a quake about 5 minutes after the fact! So anyway, if ever you hear of a big quake in Mexico City, and I don’t post again, you know what happened!

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