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.
Here are some of the players’ initial reactions on Twitter to the tremor Monday:
Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) March 11, 2013
Earthquake!!!! I was in the bathroom. The rest of the team was a bit freaked—
Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) March 11, 2013
We just had an earthquake!!! Suddenly everything start moving, I was holding the walls in my room not to fall! OMG😁—
Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko) March 11, 2013
WOW! Small earthquake in Indian Wells just now….—
Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) March 11, 2013
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:
Earthquake in the desert! Maybe that's a sign I need to get out of her?!—
Frank Moser (@FrankyMoser) March 11, 2013