Tonight at ten past one in the morning there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter scale. I was just about to go to bed at the time when I heard a low, threatening rumble coming from nowhere and the whole house started to creak. It is a wooden structure on relatively soft ground, which acts as an amplifier of the movement, as I've read somewhere recently. So this was a rather disconcerting experience, especially since the last one happened only in February. Although that one was 5.1, this one felt stronger since it was much closer to home. Mind you, we are not exactly used to this in the same way as people in California or Japan would be - the last major quake happened in 1356 and is still quite prominent in the city annals.

For a virtual shake, try this!

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