After lunch I suddenly got very dizzy and felt like falling off my chair. When this feeling continued for about a minute it drove me crazy and I decided to go for a walk to get some green tea. My boss walked out of her office, looking around and seeming pretty confused, too. I asked her if she felt something, since it seemed we both had a similar inexplicable anxiety. We concluded that it was probably an earthquake. (I think Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is not that acute.)
I checked USGS, which confirmed that there was indeed an earthquake, albeit ~1500km SW of Beijing. A score of 7.8 is indeed a serious earthquake, but I’m still amazed that we were able to feel it at such a distance.
It’s about time the Olympic Games started. It feels like everybody is keeping their breath, hoping nothing serious will go wrong. The T-bet riots were a nightmare scenario, but by the time the games actually start in August, there will have been other, more worrying issues keeping “the west” busy.