A momentous moment at 4.30 this afternoon - repairs to the water main in the road allowed us to turn on our water. Visions of showers, toilets, and dishwashers danced before my eyes. Then Heather discovered that our garden tap was leaking uncontrollably, and turned off the valve at the street. So we are without water for one more evening; a plumber is coming early tomorrow.
Note for future earthquakes; large pot plants kept on filing cabinets can go a long way and spread their soil through everything. I think the occupants of one office will be finding bits of potting mix among their reading for many months.