February 21st. At 3:50 this morning, some strong tremors woke up the whole team on board Vagabond, except Léonie. It was like if a giant's hand took hold of the mast and was shaking it forcefully. For about 30 seconds, the strong ice cradle was creaking by fits and starts against the hull. Cracks were louder and different from those made by tides, which we are now used to. Quickly dressed, after another tremor series, we went around the boat and saw many new cracks in the 70cm thick pack ice. All was quiet outside, snow was falling slowly, without any wind... Strangely, this happened at the exact same time than the total moon eclipse, which we could not see, unfortunately, due to the clouds. Could a big wave, coming under the pack ice all the way to Vagabond, create so strong tremors? Or could it be our faithful Inglefield glacier, loosing a large part of ice, although this is usually not happening in winter? Around 11am, when a Norwegian journalist called us, we had the ex planation: we were very likely the closest people from the epicentre of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Norway. At about 70 km from the boat, in Storfjord, the earthquake reached magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale. Léonie was the only one not to worry, probably still under the spell after last polar bear visit, the day before, or after sliding in front of first sunbeams of the year. Our white paradise was very busy at the end of the polar night!