HOTOGRAPHER Cheryl Sheridan was fast asleep when the
7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Taipei.
THINKING QUICKLY, she grabbed her camera and headed
toward the epicenter where a 12-story building had collapsed.
"My first thought was that it did not look that bad, but then
I realized that I was only seeing the top five floors and
the rest of the building had collapsed."
CATASTROPHE REIGNED. Phone and
power lines were out all across the city.
||LUCKILY SHE FOUND a one-hour lab that was still operational. "My other stroke of luck was that I had power at my office. I believe this was because I am close to
the Taipei World Trade Center. This meant that I could scan and transmit photos."
IT WASN'T UNTIL after the frenzy of covering the news had subsided that she realized how lucky she
really was: "The destruction, death, and grief were overwhelming. I felt relieved that I could leave and go
home if I chose, but almost guilty that I could."