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