In the room there was a Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), which I supposed as the most important (and expensive) equipment in the lab.
It also seemed me as quiet as usual.
“Is it working too, just as you meant?”
“Look at this,”
He showed me something, which I couldn’t identify for a moment what it was. Then I found it was an R6S dry cell, crushed and broken, with precipitate from the reactive liquid inside.
“At the earthquake the TEM’s body was inclined, making a space between the floor, under which this cell went rolling, and then the Apparatus came down on it. ”
He meant the TEM, usually weighing over 300kg or so, walked and stepped down on something.
“But marvelous, the smaller devices stacked on it did not fall, as I had set anti-seismic gel sheets between each other. Perhaps your family uses it home, too”
What I was deeply impressed was the positive, active and even humorous attitude of the people, like him, working in the laboratory, to carry their work on against the natural disaster.