Saturday, August 05, 2006

Earthquake - hide the glass!

We just had our first earthquake! We have no idea how strong it was, but I am pretty sure it was a 7 – maybe a 10 (Ok -- it was a 5.5, but that is nothing to sneeze at). If you are interested you can read all about it on the USGS website.

When the quake hit Amelia and I were sitting in a poof (beanbag chair straight from the 70’s) and Janalee ran across the room to join us. It felt like the house was on water. Swaying back and forth. Knocking over picture frames. It must have lasted 3 or 4 minutes (Janalee guessed two hours). Good thing we live in a short house -- our friends in high rise apartments said it was wild.

Now that I think about it, a poof in the front room might not be the safest place to ride out an earthquake. But, we didn’t really want to go outside – it’s a bit cold and all. Better shaken than frozen I always say.

Once the quake ended Amelia asked why the air was shaking. I don’t know the answer to that one – any input would be appreciated.

Keep on shakin’.

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