Hah! 3.7, that's nothing. We' must have had four or five 5.4 plus earthquakes since Easter Sunday.
All fun aside, yeah earthquakes aren't really fun. They just kinda come and you cross your fingers it's not going to be a huge one. Then you call everybody in the immediate area and ask "did you feel that?"
I'm not sure what it means. I think the key passage in the article is this: So if the sanctions were lifted (were they close to being lifted? I don't remember.) He'd probably try to get stuff, but since he was being watched closely, he couldn't.