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That word reminds me of one of our favorite “feel good” movies – “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis and Linsday Lohan. They play a mom and daughter who feel what they believe is an earthquake but have just begun a process for exchanging places with each other, literally. Anyway, there was some Rock and Roll action, in the middle of the night, for about 10 minutes. The last time we had experienced something near that magnitude was in Columbia Maryland, September, 2011, with an earthquake originating in Northern Virginia. This lasted twice as long, and the epicenter was five times further away. At 8.1 on the Richter scale, this earthquake was even more powerful than the one that leveled a good part of Mexico City. But, again, the epicenter was very far removed from most of the population. The other thing is that building codes were revised to make earthquake resistance a central feature. So damage and casualties were not as bad as they could have been. Last I read, 33 is the total number of fatalities, and 23 were from a collapsed hotel on the coast of Oaxaca, near Chiapas.


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