earthquake!

It woke us up at 12:59 this morning. 5.2 on the Richter scale and centered about 40km away from Taipei and 96 km down into the Earth’s crust, it was about a magnitude 3 where we live, according to the morning news. I note that USA Today is calling it magnitude 6.0 – not surprising, as I’ve seen the big China earthquake reported aywhere from 7.5 to 8.0. For the record, magnitude 3 apparently translates to “strong enough to be sure instantly that it’s a quake, but small enough to be interesting rather than scary”.

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