Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Is It Shaking Where You Live??


Image from the internet; not actual seismogragh from this earthquake.

This is to let you know I'm ok....we had a 5.4 earthquake here in CA yesterday just before noon. I was sitting at the computer, in my jammie shirt and panties (too much information!!!) when it hit. I just sat quietly in the chair until everything stopped rolling and then I got up and put some clothes on and found my shoes....in case there was another one I'd be ready!

When I first moved to CA in 1978 one of my biggest fears was an earthquake. I had lived in central Illinois all my life up until that point and we had tornadoes but no earthquakes. Right? Wrong!! When Molly was just a baby, I was standing, holding her and we were in the master bedroom of the house where we lived. The bedroom had been added onto the back of the house and was on a slab....no crawl space under it so it was flat on the ground.

As I stood there, the floor started rolling and my first thought was "OMG! The addition is coming loose from the house!" But that wasn't it. It was an earthquake! If you don't believe me, you can read a newspaper article here.

So when I moved to CA I had already experienced an earthquake. Since then I've felt several but luckily was not here when the Northridge quake hit in 1994. HB and I were living in WA at that time.

If you've never experience an earthquake, you're lucky! Most of the time they just give a little shake and it's over but there's always that chance that it could be The Big One....so far that hasn't happened ....yet!