The clock that started up in the earthquake

The clock that started up in the earthquake

Flanked by a miner’s lamp and candles, this Westminster chiming clock which is in need of repair came to life last night at about 3.30 am.

The first earthquake tremor, which woke us up, started the clock ticking and it struck one before stopping again.

The bed vibrated violently. Clive told me it was an earthquake before I had time to work it out.

Our neighbour phoned to check we were all right. They were watching television and were able to give us a bit of news. There was shouting in the village below us.

I went back to bed and Galileo climbed in with me.

The second tremor woke me from the edge of sleep. I got up and made a cup of tea which we drank waiting for the third tremor. It came, but was comparatively small.

It seemed at first like no-one had been hurt but gradually news came in from other places about the devastation.

An earthquake is a very frightening thing. It’s unpredictable in every way and it can change lives in an instant.

  1. August 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    glad you are OK, it looks terrible on the news. we were in an earthquake in Athens in 1999 and it was very frightening!!

    • August 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you for your message. It may not be over yet. People keep feeling aftershocks and there’s nothing to guarantee that there won’t be another big one.

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