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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake

We just had an earthquake about an hour and a half ago. It was crazy! I haven't felt an earthquake in a long time - since I lived in Chile, in fact. The boys were tearing around the kitchen and I was sitting in a rocking chair watching and laughing when all of a sudden my rocking chair started moving of its own accord. My eyes quickly darted to the chandelier that hangs over our kitchen table and sure enough, there it was, swinging away. I'm afraid my emergency skills (i.e. remaining calm) need a bit of fine tuning as I jumped up, yelled for the startled boys to follow me, then ended up herding them toward a doorway. It was more than a bit embarrassing after the fact, considering the whole thing was over before we even managed to make it to the doorway. The Chief called to see if I had felt it, then looked up the Southern California earthquake site and found out that the epicenter was in Chino Hills, up near LA. It was a 5.6.

After various phone calls, Buddha and I settled down to an intense, doorway discussion about what earthquakes are and what we do in an earthquake. He is now better trained than I am. Well, that's our excitement for the day. Oh, incidentally, I find it interesting that yesterday I was getting annoyed with our backyard neighbor's dogs who seemed to be going crazy barking up a storm all day long. I wondered to myself if perhaps we were going to have an earthquake because I remember learning in Chile that animals can sense that they are going to happen and tend to go crazy beforehand. Food for thought. Maybe living in California we should invest in a dog so that, besides the extra security, we can also benefit from its early earthquake detection abilities.

10 comments:

Erin said...

i have never really felt an earthquake before, so i was just really confused here at work as to why my office was swaying and creaking. i am glad you guys are ok. todd and joseph are fine, and my sister didn't even feel it, which i can't understand ...

Lindsey said...

It was definitely over before I even thought above moving out of my chair. Drama! The Bumbleride corporate headquarters held up very well and only my desk was rocking back and forth. I did not know that about dogs! Nikko is always crazy so I am not sure that he provides me with any foreshadowing for natural disasters! :)

ScottnLisa said...

Glad that everyone is okay and that there was no major damage. I was in an earthquake in Peru while I was in the MTC there. We were all on these computers in a big room where we share one long desk that goes around the room and I thought the elder next to me was shaking the table by bouncing his leg up and down. We were friends so at the same time we both turned to each other to say "knock it off!" Thinking one was trying to bug the other. Of course once we realized that nobody was doing it, we realized it was an earthquake. We thought it was pretty funny but we heard that it was pretty severe in a different part of the country and even killed a couple of people. It's so crazy that it's all over before you even realize what happened.

Lisa said...

I have heard that animals can sense earthquakes too. I remember being at my Grandmas and feeling earthquakes. Luckily none of them were big because I would be freaking out too. During one of the earthquakes my cousin was in the shower shaving her legs. We always laugh when we think of that one. It is good that you are teaching Soren what to do for the next time it happens.

LeAnn said...

I love your description of the earthquake!
Glad it was the kind that you can at least have a little humor about :)
Earthquakes have been my lifelong fear for some reason. I'm sure I would have reacted quite the same way.
Glad everyone is safe.

Jacqui said...

Glad everyone is okay and it wasn't too severe! My brother felt in down in Vegas, too.

Freckles said...

Crazy! That is the one thing I would be terrified of if we moved to California! I'm not very calm in those types of situations either!

Sara said...

Yes! Get a dog! :)

bird said...

you know what's funny? our neighbor's dog went crazy all day too and i thought there might be an earthquake coming up. funny how that happens. my cat's not much of an alarm. all she did was go and hide.

i actually didn't feel it. i was in the car. i'm so glad!

Mom and Dad said...

an expert on the news that night said there is no need to park yourself under a doorway - better to get under a sturdy desk or other piece of furniture -