Did I feel the earth move…under my feet?! Wait, was that an Earthquake? Holy crap, yes, it was! Seroiusly, and sadly, I wasn’t sure….and neither were any of my neighbors! When you live in earthquake zones you expect earthquakes. When you live in the DC metroploitan area you worry it might be something else! So, in a weird strange way are happy it was an earthquake! The concensus on my street is we all feel lucky and are relieved it was just an act of mother nature, moving the earth! All be it, 5.9 earthquake, the biggest in this area in a very long time, a significant event. Sadly, I know little about earthequake safety or hurricane preparations!
I was with my kids, going in and out of the house, on my laptop trying to write a blog with my daughter, and had a few kids on the trampoline, one on the swingset, one running into the house…..when the deck started moving, the table shaking, windows rattling, swaying, clearly a scary feeling knowing you are out of control. My daughter saying what is that? Having to say I don’t know as its getting worse and worse, then the sound of your house moving, the look in your kids eyes, things you never forget! It sent my daughter screaming inside looking for daddy working in the basement (not a good idea) as I was trying to gather the rest of the kids…with a firm voice! He eventually appeared wondering and saying “what the hell was that?”, he said stuff is moving, shaking, falling off the shelves, and he wanted to know if we felt it. Haha, did you not hear the screams or see our faces?!
Thank god for my neighbors…Donna (who survived a 7.2 quake in LA) yelled over STAY outside, bringing my oldest back out, and stopping me from sending the others inside. My college buddy lives across the street, being home alone, he came outside to see if “it was just my house moving” and he heard me telling the kids to “get together and stay with me!” as we swayed back and forth. It was nice to have him and Donna there…..thanks guys!
We had no land lines, no cell phones, no texting….but the weird thing is we could receive them! As we waited for tv confirmation that it was an earthquake I immediately thought about my college friends visiting that we had dinner with last night who were in DC sight seeing with their kids! Just hoping they were alright. I had people calling, texting, and asking if we were OK? But, I couldn’t answer, although I did try, lol! Oddly enough, I did have access to Facebook! Woot! Watched people up and down the east coast posting how they felt the quake, so I knew we weren’t alone, which was good to know and a comforting feeling….and as I’ve learned from Seth Godins post today, its normal to want to feel that way! It was great that from my cell I was able to tell people we are all ok, things are fine, shaken up a bit, literally, but grateful all is Okay!
Needless to say many people who were evacuated didn’t go back to work, they went home! The roads are a mess, the trains are over crowded, traveling at 15 miles an hour…..and its going to be a nightmare getting home….but I totally understand their wanting to get home to family, kids, parents, their loved ones!
There was damage to the National Cathedral, and minor damage reported around town, but no deaths to report, so I’d say we are VERY lucky here in VA/MD/DC area. Guess I have some learning to do about earthquakes and hurricane preparations! Did I mention, Hurricane Irene, category 3, is approaching fast, said to hit us sometime Saturday or Sunday?!?!
I have to admit, I am still a little shaky inside….and my kids are a bit freaked….but we are going to be fine, after Irenee makes her appearance!
p.s. I still have no land line access, BUT I have text messaging on my cell:)
Have you been in an earthquake? Where were you? Do you know what to do during an earthquake? Inside or outside? What is your advice for me, the novice??? How do you explain it to a child?