At 1:30 pm today we had what felt like to me a big earthquake here in Tashkent. Everything is ok here at schol but it sure did scare the crap out of me. It was the first ever earthquake that I have felt (I was in an earthquake in 1994 in Los Angeles, USA but didn't feel it as was having a pillow fight at the time). The local staff tell me that this was a really unusual earthquake as it was loud and exploded like a bomb. Apparently usually they build up intensity and feel like a wave - this one didn't.
My kids we at PE and I was sitting at my desk when I heard what I thought was a massive bomb explosion. Then the walls started moving and the ceiling made huge cracking sounds. It seemed to last for about 10 seconds. I sat here like a stunned mullet before getting over under the doorway. they evacuated the building in case there were aftershocks. there haven't been any more yet and we returned back to class about 20 minutes later. The kids said that the playing field felt like it was dancing. The weird thing is that although it seemed like everything was moving, there was no damage to the school.
Life here is certainly an adventure.I hope that there wasn't any damage at my apartment which is on the 3rd floor and certainly less well constructed.