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Whoa! Plate tectonics decided to add a bit of excitement to our lives this evening! We had a bit of an earthquake. Nothing too big, but big enough to give us a bit of a fright, send us scurrying into doorways, and freak the cats out quite thoroughly. Munchkin didn't want to come out from under the bed for quite a bit afterward. Something fell over in Shannon's office.

After hunting around online, Shannon and I found that it was only a 3.9 on the Richter scale, but it was almost right under our butts, so it was stronger than most of the earthquakes I've been in. It was very brief but quite an attention-getting jolt!


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Sep. 4th, 2003 09:10 pm (UTC)
Shit, that's SCARY!!!!
Glad you're ok!
Sep. 4th, 2003 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, we're both used to earthquakes, but this one was just a bit closer than most I've experienced.

I haven't been through any truly big quakes except the 6.6 San Fernando quake in 1971 (when I was an infant and which I therefore do not remember), and the 7.3 Landers quake in 1992 (which was pretty far from where I was and so didn't hurt us at all).

Shannon, on the other hand, was here when the 7.1 Loma Prieta quake happened in 1989, and that one was truly scary, with freeways collapsing and suchlike. Today's quake was just a tiny baby in comparison. It really was only noteworthy because the epicenter was so near to us.

These smaller, more common earthquakes tend to be a bit like very brief rollercoasters, making us grin and say, "Whoa! That was a big one!" It was only mildly frightening for a few seconds, and then just left me with an adrenalin rush. Kinda fun, in a weird way. The truly big ones that cause damage aren't fun, but the baby ones kinda are.

But, then, I'm a native Californian, so my attitude toward earthquakes is probably not the norm.
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