Earthquake ina Zimbabwe

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

On Wednesday night (Thursday morning), I felt my first earthquake. I was up reading later than usual - about 12:30 a.m. - and everything started shaking. It was enough to make the cieling timbers creak. I went outside when I realized what was happening and sat on the ground away from any trees. It lasted probably 30 seconds, and then that was it. Everyone in the village was up and wondering what happened. We could only wait to find out. The half moon was big on the horizon as the earth shook. Twenty minutes later, the moon got above the trees as we were finishing all our jokes about this strange occurance. It was a first for everyone I was with.

It turned out to be a 7.5 just on the Mozambique side of the border. I think around four people died as a result. The major cities were far enough from the epicenter.

Yesterday we had a crazy thunderstorm. The lightning was flashing right above my room. Twice sparks came out of the outlets. I'd say at least three inches fell in less than an hour. When it was over, I saw a sunset I'll never forget. There have been so many extremely humbling and amazing moments on this trip. They just keep coming.

And today, I got the Kufundees out to the Zimbabwean National Botanical Gardens, one of the premier gardens on the continent. It costs about thirty U.S. cents for admission. We didn't have all day, but we saw some beautiful trees (and giant bamboos) and some really nice exhibits (like the herb garden, desert house and fruit trees). All the while we had a great time.
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