MEXICO: The Earth Moved

It came just as Mexico City's leisurely, three-hour pause for lunch was beginning. Downtown pavements were crowded with office workers. In the narrow streets that lead to the wide Zócalo traffic inched forward, horns blasting imperiously. Then the earth moved.

Instantly the streets were silent. Traffic halted, pedestrians stood still, blankly staring. In the Avenida Juárez a beer sign clattered to the sidewalk. The twin towers of the cathedral swayed gently, and their bells tinkled as if. touched softly by the hand of God. Cracks crept across the pavements, windows rattled. . . .

So, last week, another earthquake came to...

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