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Holy Cow!!!

We just had an earthquake!!

Everything's fine; a few things fell over, and nothing's broken, but I'm still shaky.  It was like a freight train suddenly went right by the house.  Weird as hell.

I've never been in an earthquake before.


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
I yelled downstairs for Robin to stop playing with the dogs because it was making the books fall off the shelves in my office. Wow. Just like spring in Kyoto.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
and I assumed Kass was upstairs trying out calisthenics.
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Hee. :)

We're still getting aftershocks - a pretty heavy one about 15 minutes ago has left me discombobulated all over again. The control freak in the house *ahem* doesn't like things she can't control.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Here is the information about it:

5.8 Hits VA
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
5.8 is a decent sized shaker; you're ready for SoCal now!

Aug. 24th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
It's funny; I didn't think it was as heavy as they said, probably because it didn't last long, and our ground is pretty solid pack clay, so no heaving earth and such.

But it put paid to the Post Office in Mineral VA, so I hear - and did quite a bit of damage.
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
A friend of mine who lives in the Bay Area sent me a link to the 'Massive Destruction in Virginia' which was a picture of a lawn chair knocked over.


OK, so maybe she has a point from her perspective; but the part of CA I live in doesn't shake often (or much) so 5.8 seems like a pretty good sized quake for me!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
We have them occasionally, but I work in a bunker-like building, so I was shocked to feel it sway so strongly! I thought a truck had hit the building at first.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
5.3 in Colorado also. So far reports of damage from either is low.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you are okay! We are worried that we will come home to pictures that have fallen off of walls etc. We will only find out Friday night though since we are not back from Alabama until then.
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Pictures askew on the walls, probably (hopefully). The only things that fell here were the spice bottles on the overcrowded spice shelves in the pantry, and some pictures stacked by the wall on the floor. It was rumbly, but not heaving, if you know what I mean. We are still getting aftershocks, though.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Holy earthquake Batman!
You will be ok. I find the safest place to be is in my bed. I have grown up and old living in So. Calif.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
If anything is off the bookshelves or walls, we normally blame the cats....
Aug. 23rd, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Glad y'all are okay!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's weird the first few times but still gets the adrenalin pumping even after living in California all my life. I'm glad everything is okay.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, welcome to our world! Fortunately, if it happens offshore in Oregon, there's a range of mountains between the coast and Portland.

All kidding aside... weird, isn't it? Like you don't really realize what's happening until it's over. Glad all are well.
Aug. 24th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
At first, Bob thought the washer was going crazy (which would be quite a feat, since we're still waiting to get it fixed), and I was afraid the air conditioner had developed a fatal case of something. It was a couple of seconds before we both went "holy shit! Earthquake!!" and went outside (safest place for us - no trees, nothing to fall on us).

Aug. 24th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Glad y'all are OK.
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
5.8 is stronger than I like. And I live in Los Angeles county.
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad y'all are OK. Getting the fact that an earthquake is happening RIGHT.NOW. is not a pleasant feeling or realization. I hope you get combobulated again quickly.

My mom and sister live in Williamsburg, and so I called to see if they were OK, and Katherine said, "Was THAT what that was?!? I thought Aiden (my 3 year old nephew) was fooling around rocking the car!" So it was apparently not that bad in Williamsburg. I lived in San Diego for several years and was awake for only one quake, which was something like a 4.6-4.8. I slept through all the others (all 4.5 and under). One woke me up once, and that was not fun.

Hope everything is fine.
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