People have lost their homes. Or they cannot enter them. I do not have power or water in mine. My home raises other concerns. Or rather, it is the 14-story apartment building next door that does. It has been evacuated. Its walls are fractured. They are 4 meters or so from my windows, 5 meters from where I sleep. An office building two blocks away has collapsed. People warn me about the risk of after-shocks, but I want to sleep at home. I know I am putting myself at risk. I stay anyway. Home is home. I can’t justify it otherwise.
This photo was taken on September 20, 2017 from the roof of my apartment building.
Emily Vasquez, "Home", contributed by Emily Vasquez, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 15 August 2019, accessed 17 May 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/home