DISASTERS: China: Shock and Terror in the Night

The first ominous rumblings were heard in Peking at 3:40 on a rainy, windblown morning ]last week. It sounded, said a Japanese resident, "as though a UFO had whooshed its way over the city."

In Tientsin, 90 miles away, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was rudely awakened in his suite on the eighth floor of his hotel, a new building of modern design, when it began shaking "like an accordion." As he and his wife Margaret hurried down the stairs to the safety of the street, the hotel began whipping back and forth,...