||[Jan. 7th, 2010|06:58 pm]
Today we experienced a magnitude 4.1 earthquake, with the epicenter just miles away, so the shaking was relatively strong. My wife was home and was actually scared since things were falling off the shelves.|
I was at the Mission San Jose, conducting a usual tour for the 4th-graders. There were about 50 kids watching the introductory movie about the Mission and by coincidence the movie was just talking about the 1868 earthquake that destroyed the old Mission church. I was surprised that the shaking, swaying and creaking building did not make much impression on the kids and they just kept watching the movie. After the movie I asked if there were any questions and one of the kids raised her hand and asked "How did you EVER made the building shake?!?!" and the rest of the kids broke in with wild enthusiasm: "That was the coolest ever!" They were disappointed to hear that it was a real earthquake and the subject was not broached again.
It's hard to impress kids today, in the age of special effects and Disneyland Star Wars simulators...