Gallery: A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a...


When there is an earthquake, we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth’s crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February 28, 2001 a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit near Olympia, Washington. Thirty miles under the surface, the tremors shook the ground for nearly half a minute. It also had a strange and beautiful effect upon a small, sand-tracing pendulum in a shop in Port Townsend. Traced into the sand was an oddly beautiful pattern resembling a rose.

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