I survived the Peruvian quake
On the evening of August 15 I was answering email in the offices of COSOLIG, the free software organization of the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima. I was just about to do a batch mail transfer when the earthquake began. It was strong enough to shake my body in an interesting way, but insufficient to damage a concrete building, or even to make a bookshelf fall over.
Other people in the office urged me to go outside with them, and I did so, figuring they knew better than me. Some of them were quite frightened, but the shaking did not get stronger and we could plainly see that no damage was being done. I was surprised by the long duration of the shaking, which lasted more than a minute. Nothing was damaged at the university, and not much in Lima at all. For me, it was an exhilarating experience.