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Aftershocks

It's hard to sleep because of the aftershocks.

There were two tonight, both fairly strong, in quick succession. Very much not cradle-like, they shudder and rock one out of sleep. In darkness, heart beating, wondering, *now*, should I panic' But it's over before any answer comes.

It's hard to sleep because of the aftershocks.

There were two tonight, both fairly strong, in quick succession. Very much not cradle-like, they shudder and rock one out of sleep. In darkness, heart beating, wondering, *now*, should I panic' But it's over before any answer comes.

There was another big one last night, which was a jolting, falling sensation. And one this morning while we were doing rounds at the hospital, which caused one of our patients, an amputee on crutches, to lose his balance and fall.

It's not quite a daily occurrence, but certainly it has been  happening several times weekly. The feeling of helplessness and unpredictability is petrifying. But precisely because there is nothing much to do, one just carries on.