“I wanted to put some sort of punctuation” on the experience of the quake, says Farmer, explaining why he wrote the book.
Cell phone service on the East Coast was disrupted for half hour after the quake.
The official death toll from the quake and tsunami has now risen to 8,805.
Old English cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.