Tuesday, October 30, 2007

EARTHQUAKE!!!

I was sitting here watching the opening night Warrior game, and at 8:04pm, a 5.6 earthquake shook me and my condo for what seemed like 8-10 seconds. My heart raced as I prayed it wasn't big enough to create catastrophic results. What if my condo was damaged? What if my ceiling collapsed? What if it kept increasing in power?

WHAT IF THIS WAS THE BIG ONE THAT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR?

These are real thoughts that entered my mind as I sat there with an accelerated heartbeat. Bosco barked and ran for the door, mistaking the shaking ground for somebody coming to knock on it. I sat there for several seconds while my brain soaked in the fact that an earthquake was happening, and when the quake was dying down, I did what I was taught as a kid and ran for the doorway.

This was an experience that will be ingrained in my brain for the rest of my life.

I somehow didn't feel the 1989 earthquake, so this is the first time I've truly experienced the power of one. I'm glad I felt it because I've always wanted to experience one firsthand. However, I never realized how scared I'd actually be! I was freaked out tonight, and am very thankful nothing bad happened and that the earthquake wasn't higher on the richter scale.

Now that I've felt an earthquake, I hope I've felt my last.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you were such an earthquake newbie Jeff. Our dog is at her grandma's and I'm guessing she didn't even wake up.
-Kristine

Talia said...

You know that you are supposed to go under a table or chair and hold the legs not go to the door.!!