Earthquake is not a proper word to describe the feeling one gets when your house starts to crumble down. Earthquake does not represent the anguish of seeing walls and stairs going down. Earthquake is not the same word as terremoto. Terremoto for Mexico City cannot be translated into earthquake. It loses the depth of our fears, it does not represent the constant search for cracks in our buildings. The instant preparation one takes when the ground starts to move. It doesn’t matter where you are, as soon as the ground moves, you are ready for disaster. Shaking cities, cracking sirens, smoke, aftermath of disorders. This is the city on top of a ghost lake. This is the city guarded by two angry volcanoes. Earthquake is fear.


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