Tremor Mortis

Arko Datta/AFP.

Many survivors narrowly escaped death.

Like a great many Indians, Mahesh Patel was at home last Friday morning at 8:45 watching the televised Republic Day parade of India's armed forces. Suddenly, the TV set blacked out and his living room in Ahmedabad, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, began to shake like a storm-tossed raft. Toward the end of the 45-second quake, which the U.S....

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