Whole lotta shakin goin on

March 20, 2012

I was in the dentist’s chair a little past noon today when everything in the room started swaying. There was no noise — no creaking of walls or windows, no rumbling, no rattling….just everything swaying back and forth slowly like we were aboard a ship. The dentist and her assistant and I looked at each other to confirm that we weren’t crazy. We all stood up and could feel the floor moving. After the major movement passed — it must have lasted 20 or 30 seconds — there were some smaller, shorter movements back and forth….like a rumble, but silent.

A number of the cell phone towers in town stopped working for a while, but there are no reports of damage here in Cuernavaca that I’ve heard. Some government buildings here and in Mexico City have been evacuated because there were substantial aftershocks, and the law says that in such cases, government buildings have to be inspected before they can be reoccupied. We haven’t felt any aftershocks here in my office…we were lucky, I’d say. (Here’s a detailed post about the effect on Mexico City.)

I’ve been through several earthquakes both here and in California, but this is the first time I’ve actually felt one. It’s quite an experience. For some reason a line from from a song keeps running through my head….and no, in ain’t the Jerry Lee Lewis classic referenced in the subject line. Rather, it’s this one from Hello Dolly:

I feel the room swayin’
For the band’s playin’
One of our old favorite songs from way back when…

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