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Awaken by an Earthquake in Lima, Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Wednesday, September 22, 2010

While enjoying my nightly five hour sleep (might as well call it a siesta) I was rather rudely awaken by the moderate vibration of my room.  An earthquake had broken my sleep and before my body could register what had happened I had already leapt from my bed, quick as a jack rabbit. 

By the time I was on my feet the earthquake had stopped which I took the opportunity to go and see if my father had felt it or not (he was still snoring with the TV on).  My presence woke my father and we were talking about the earthquake when we felt another tremor,  this one though lasted much longer than the first (about 30 seconds or so).  The force of the tremor was definately stronger than the first, which was enough for us to both pause mid conversation as we stood in silence waiting for the tremor to pass. 

We spoke for a minute after the earthquake had ended and then I left my father and returned to my room where I was informed by my alarm clock that I had only an hour and a half of sleeping time left.  Naturally I wept and grunted my discontent for a few seconds before falling asleep to recover for lost time.  I should mention that the last hour and a half were awful since it only felt like 15 minutes of rest (DAMN EARTHQUAKE).  I don´t think I will ever get used to waking up at 5am in the darkness of the cold mornings. 

UPDATE:  According to local news source El Comercio the earthquake´s epicenter was located 39 km east of Tambo de Mora in the province of Chicha, about 3 hours south of Lima.  The earthquake weighed in at 5.7 grades on the Richter scale at a depth of 65 km.

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