Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake Country

It wasn't the Big One. But it was pretty big.

It shook for a long time.

I stepped outside to remove myself from where our 70 year old stone chimney would land if it shook any stronger.

And still it shook. The windows were rattling and the dogs went wiggy (We just this moment had a small aftershock).

Our neighbor nearly fell over in her bushes.

The wiff called to check on us. She was on the second floor of a university building.

It was a 5.8, later downgraded to a 5.6 or a 5.4. The shaking lasted for about a minute.

Most if not all Cali quakes are shallow. This one was about 7 miles down.

1 in 20 chance it was a preshock to a bigger one. As the clock ticks on the chances are less. More likely it we will feel aftershocks for a week or two.

Princess and I went to the store to buy some bottled water and a first aid kit right after it hit. We had water, but not enough to sustain us during the Bush administration.

Back when I was an actor I once asked an Earthquake Professor guy I knew where was the safest place to be in a theatre during an earthquake.

He said "Outside!"

Our natural disasters are better than your natural disasters any day.


Blogger Donita Smith said...

Getting away from the chimney was a good idea. In one of the NorCal quakes (might have been Loma Prieta, maybe Santa Cruz) a couple of little boys were killed when their chimney fell on them.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Brother Atom Bomb of Reflection said...

With the state of theater these days, it's a good idea to be outside even when there's not a quake.

10:02 PM  

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