civilizations had no idea what the shaking was all about. Myths and
legends started to develop in order to justify this unknown shaking. In
Mexico, El Diablo, the devil, makes giant rips in the Earth from the
inside. He and his devilish friends use the cracks when they want to
come and stir up trouble on Earth. In West Africa, the Earth is
considered a flat disk, held up on one side by an enormous mountain and
on the other by a giant. The giant's wife holds up the sky. The Earth
trembles when he stops to hug her.