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Video: Earthquake hits BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (updated)

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif . — An earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale hit the Coachella Valley on Monday morning, the two-year anniversary of the massive Tohuko earthquake in Japan. The quake was centered about 15 miles from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden at 9:55 a.m., about an hour before play was set to begin at the BNP Paribas Open.

This isn’t the first time an earthquake has hit a tournament in North America. Two years ago, play was stopped and the stadium was evacuated at the New Haven Open when a 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia shook the grounds. Play resumed hours later after officials cleared the venue of any structural issues.

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Here are some of the players’ initial reactions on Twitter to the tremor Monday:

But the winning tweet goes to ATP pro Frank Moser, who was in Indian Wells for doubles. Let’s go ahead and assume that’s a well-placed typo:

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  • Published On Mar 11, 2013
  • 2 comments
    badgernation74
    badgernation74

    I kind of laughed that Wozniacki and Kirilenko reacted with much more alarm than Nishikori... everything is relative to your experience. Like talking about the cold at the start of the tournament when it was in the 50s. People would've been throwing open the windows and enjoying the "warmth" where I live.

    6marK6
    6marK6

    Even after an earthquake, Twitter tweets are the most inane and boring examples of speech ever.