Libya: Sunset Shock

On their fertile plateau, 930 feet above the Mediterranean, the Moslem citizens of El Marj (pop. 13,000) welcomed the sunset one day last week. It brought to an end another day-long fast imposed by the holy month of Ramadan. Families gathered at table to break their fast with the traditional Ramadan dinner—and many died where they were sitting, for sunset brought the shock and terror of the worst earthquake in Libyan history.

For 15 seconds the earth shook, crumbling houses and shops into rubble. Some survivors wandered in the streets, wailing in anguish as they searched for relatives and friends....

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