Morning Edition with Steve Julian |


They say that with each passing minute after a significant earthquake, the odds go down of a major aftershock. Does that comfort you? Or do you wonder whether the 'real' one is still ahead?

I had come home from the Kirk Douglas Theatre and plopped down for a quick nap 20 minutes before yesterday's quake jostled me awake. The fan above the bed was swaying. In the dining room, the swag lamp (yes, I have a swag lamp), was still moving like a pendulum a couple minutes later. I was on Facebook for the next hour, checking in with friends and various reporters.

During that hour I couldn't help but anticipate another quake.