Yesterday evening I left my desk in the institute at about 7:30 pm. The last hour I spend contemplating about the possibility to reduced the risk of mutations arising from cosmic rays. I thought I am pretty safe in the office from anything falling down on me, being it cosmic debris or terrestrial objects. Thats me, still in a pretty relaxing mute:

Before Office Quake2

In the evening, the world still looked peaceful

 

When I opened my office today at 8 am, I was slightly speaking a bit confused. I only remember seeing pictures like this one (below) in news reporting from places that were  shaken by an earthquake: My desk that I had left the evening before in a relatively well ordered state was not visible anymore. But there hasn’t been any earthquake in Munich since about 3 million years. It appeared, instead that 4 book shelfes (each weighting about 80 kg) suddenly came off the wall at night (they had been fixed there by our campus facility group by drilling some holes in the plaster-board).

Debris2The occupational safety officer visitted the site of incident right away to document what had happened. He assure me that if I would have been sitting at my desk in the moment of the event, I could have been dead (I guess it would have been the first case in history that somebody had been beated to death by falling books).

When I removed all the debries I discovered that the computer had also been damaged, at least it lost its power connection when the heavy bookshelf crashed on it (white large boxes). On its temp-file time stamp I could retriev the time point when the accident happend. It was exactly 11 minutes after I left the institute. So a few minutes later, maybe another 15 minutes more thinking in a relaxed position about the risk of cosmic debris, and I would have lost my life on the office field of honour.

Debris1