Friday, April 18, 2008

What next, locusts?

4 am

What a night.

Jack woke us up at 4 am because he couldn't find the dandy. Dave gives him the dandy, comes back to bed and goes back to snoring. I have a hard time falling asleep after Jack wakes me up in the middle of the night, so I lay awake tossing and turning.

I realize the birds are making a lot of noise, but can't make heads or tails of it in my zombie state.

4:37 am

In between sleep and awake, the bed starts shaking like crazy. I hear pottery clanging and the pictures on the walls rattling. It takes me a minute to get my head together and ask Dave what is happening.

"Earthquake," is his reply.

Earthquake? Crap. It's scary and seemingly going on forever and I cannot for the life of me remember what we are supposed to do.

It stops.

Turn on the tv and wait for news. The last earthquake I can remember was when I was a small girl. I know this one was bigger than that, the shaking was pretty intense, and we have one of those latex mattresses, where Dave could jump and down on his side and my side wouldn't move.

5.2 on the Richter scale.

Pretty big, as I expected.

Spend the next 2 hours trying in vain to fall back asleep. Hope there are no aftershocks.

Make note to teach Jack earthquake safety, not just tornado safety.


  1. Crazy right?!?!? I didnt feel the quake this morning but the news has been buzzing with it this morning!

  2. Oh that is scary!!

  3. What a fright. You know we are in earthquake country and still haven't felt one. Are you an Eli Stone watcher?

  4. I felt it this morning. I was lying in bed sort of dozing. Mark had gotten up to get ready to go to the gym. Suddenly the bed started shaking. All sorts of things went through my head, but not earthquake! After I heard about it on the news, I thought of you because I knew you were closer to the center of it than I was.

  5. I felt it, too. I thought my husband fell out of bed, and he thought I fell out of bed, and there we were hitting at each other in the dark! lol My daughter, who I can never wake up in the morning, came flying out of her room and met me in the hall. She said her room shook for about 30 seconds.

    There's no damage. Some pictures fell off the wall, but nothing broke. Scary stuff!

    I found your blog through PKM.

  6. Anonymous6:57 AM

    holy cow! crazy stuff. i was in the SF '89 one - and still remember it vividly!

  7. Oh my gosh! I had no idea you were even in an earthquake area! I'm glad you are safe! When you mentioned the pottery rattling I got worried--glad they're safe too! LOL

  8. Oh my gosh! Where do you live?!?

    I'm so glad you're all okay.

  9. Scary! I lived through many hurricanes but at least I had some warning they were coming.

  10. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Yikes. I saw that on the news. We just don't expect them where we live. I knew there was a reason that Buffalo was better than sunny California. Thanks for the reminder! Vicki at

  11. We felt it Tennessee; it was strong enough to wake me up this morning. Quite a fright!
    Glad you are all ok!

  12. Oh no! Scary! Did Jack wake up again?

    How is all your beautiful pottery? I have everything screwed to the wall or anchored down with earthquake tak which is like an ultra strong fun tack. We have all our shelves anchored and or strapped to the wall. Of course we expect "the big one" any day. I seriously say a prayer every time I go over a freeway over pass, which is thankfully, not often. Still, I never heard of earthquakes in the midwest!

    Whenever we have one at night, I am still to sleepy to get to the doorway on time, by the time I am standing in the door, it's over.

    Now, which is scarier EQ or tornado? I think tornados are wicked scary.

  13. We live near the airport so it takes a lot to wake us husband and I just looked at each other and I finally said "that's an earthquake". This old house was shaking like crazy...the windows, the radiators, all the china cabinets. We ran and got the kids out of their beds but really had no idea what to do.

  14. I read about this when I woke up this morning & I could hardly believe it! If it had happened 3 weeks ago, we would have been there to feel it too... Crazy! (And really aren't tornadoes enough to think about, let alone having to add earthquakes into that...)

  15. I heard about the quake on the radio this morning. I wondered if you were close enough to feel it. I guess you are. :)

    Glad you're all okay. How's your pottery collection?

  16. It woke us up too! The bed was shaking, the lamp shade was rattling. In my foggy state I said "It must be an earthquake". Later in the morning, the husband said he wondered why my washer was off balanced at 4:40 AM.

    There was an after quake around 10 o'clock, I didn't feel it.

    Glad we are safe!

  17. I figured you felt it a lot more than we did! I was barely awake -- it woke hubby up and he grabbed my arm wondering what it was. We couldn't figure it out, but never dreamed an earthquake -- too weird! Did you feel the 4.x aftershock shortly after 10 a.m. your time? That one was really creepy -- I prefer them all cozy in bed rather than in an office building LOL!

  18. What a bad night. You're the 2nd blogger to report the eartquake that I have read.

  19. Anonymous5:39 PM

    I had no idea you got earthquakes where you are!! Tornadoes are scary enough, geez... I can't imagine! I'm so glad to hear you all are ok.

  20. I hope all is well after the earthquake! How strange. We get them out here in California but I had no idea you got them where you are. However, I do know that the most intense earthquake ever recorded was in Misouri. I've lived in California for 46 years and have only felt three earthquakes. Where we live now we only feel the very "edges" of earthquakes, so I'm going to stay put. One time, however, when we had a big one in the town where we lived I layed my antique secretary desk down for a month just in case. Please take care.

  21. Anonymous6:31 AM

    I have to say that I thought of you guys when I got up yesterday and saw where the epicenter was. It was just noise at our house.

    Glad you didn't have any damage. Hope the New Madrid fault can stay quiet for us for a while.

  22. Scary! Thank goodness I didn't feel it here.
    I hope none of your things were broken or jarred around too much.

    Kimberly :)

  23. I caught the tailend of a news report about the earthquake and thought to myself, I didn't even notice. Then I heard the rest of the report - I had just assumed it was here in Southern Cali, not in the midwest. Hope you sleep better this week.

  24. I heard about that. How scary. Im glad you guys are okay!


  25. I don't know what is scarier, earthquakes or tornadoes. We live in a tornado zone and don't have to worry about earthquakes... but these days, anything can happen!

  26. So crazy! I can't even imagine!cdvt


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