On Easter Sunday afternoon around 15:30 H or so, I was sitting at the computer playing Farmville when the monitor started shaking. My first thought was that it was due to the upstairs neighbor since he is incapable of walking across the floor without shaking everything down here in my unit like there is a herd of buffalo being driven across the ceiling. I’m not quite sure how an 95 lbs. soaking wet, little, stick boy can walk so heavily, but he does. I glanced over at the vertical blinds and the floor-standing fan and both of them were swaying, as was everything else in the room. It was then I realized that one of those events known as an earthquake was occurring.
No, not the kind seen in the movie 2012, or any of the other completely overblown, ridiculous ramblings that television news on the east coast likes to report. The ground did not open and swallow the infrastructure; Freeway overpasses did not shimmy and shake like Laffy Taffy when it’s pulled (that’s Northern California you’re thinking of). This was just the standard So Cal roll that was a bit more enthusiastic and lasted a lot longer than it usually does.
This is not my first experience with an EQ, but still, it was a little disturbing simply because the duration lasted a lot longer than is usual. It felt like five minutes or better as I stood in a doorway watching a light suspended from the ceiling swaying wildly. And as I listened to every glass, dish, saucer and tea cup in the cabinets rattle, I wondered idly whether I should grab the animals and other valuables and run outside in the event, say, a bathtub came crashing through the ceiling. Or the stove dislocated itself from the valve and began leaking gas.
Wouldn’t that be good for a laugh -I am an educated person, and, having been a First Responder, can haul your 200 pound jiggly butt with busted limbs 100 feet, but I’m still not sure how to disconnect the gas line from behind the stove. I suppose now would be a good time to learn since the hot water heater would also need to be disconnected as well. But by the time my mind was beginning to mull exactly what to take, I heard a cow from my farm mooing and it was all over.
In reality, the rolling rumblings probably lasted no more than a minute. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that these were aftershocks generated by the 7.2 quake that originated down in Baja, Mexico, but if these were merely the aftershocks, then I would not want to experience a 7.2 quake full on.
There was another quake this morning at 06:30 H that measured a 5.1 on the Richter, but I didn’t feel it because I was still hitting the snooze button at that time. USGS also reports that this area can expect another aftershock stemming from the 7.2 event later this evening. Hey, something to look forward to on an otherwise drab, dull and rainy Monday!
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