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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


The first thing I heard about the 7.5 Richter earthquake that rattled through southern Africa was the next morning, in the car, on the road, heading South to Johannesburg.

'What? An Earthquake?'

I leaned over to adjust the car radio. It was so early that I felt sure I had mis-heared the thick-accent of the South African newscaster.

"At midnight, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale was felt in Harare (Zimbabwe) Maputo (Mozambique) and Durban (South Africa). The epicentre was in Mozambique and no one was hurt."

I glanced at Mark. 'What bloody earthquake? I didn't notice anything! But if it was felt in Durban we must have had it here in Pretoria too!'

The broadcast continued. A man's Mozambican accent crackled through the airwaves:

" I was going to bed when I noticed the lampshade was shaking.I just thought I had jumped on to the bed too hard, but then I noticed that the wardrobe doors were shaking too!"

Crickey - I'd never heard that jumping on a bed too hard could cause an earthquake. I suppoe it brings a whole new meaning to 'Did the earth move for you'. (Boy did we laugh every time that clip was played. The chap just sounded so so surprised!)

As we drove through to out meeting, and more reports filtered through the atmosphere, I still couldn't quite believe it.

I had managed to sleep through a 7.5 Richter earthquake!

It just shows that even Mother Nature can't wake the dead!
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