Strangely, while I was posting my Teeny-Tiny Tree entry [see below], I took a look over my shoulder to get a better view of him, wondering if I could snap a clearer pic. But even with my naked eye, he was blurry. I shook my had and rubbed my eyes trying to clear the fog but when I readjusted my view, I noticed he was moving, swaying back and forth. Then I noticed the Christmas lights around the window next to him swaying. All of the sudden my eyes were drawn to the ceiling lights I'd recently hung and they were swaying away like a kid on a swing. Then it occurred to me that I to was swaying. I felt dizzy for just a moment and thought I was about to turn upside down. Strange. I knew what it was. Even though I didn't feel or hear the rumbling from underground, I knew I was smack-dab in the middle of an EARTHQUAKE.
It didn't last long and obviously I thought nothing more of it, until I got in the car and every radio station was talking about it, in between songs. When I got to the dogpark, a fellow dogwalker said a few people described a dizzy feeling as well during this earthquake. Strange. When I got home I found out the tragic details.
I was here ten years ago for the Northridge earthquake. It was my first earthquake - and it was a dooooozie! Things were flying off the walls, shelves and furniture were falling to the ground. It took hours before we could get to the street [apparently the safest place to be during an earthquake] I remember seeing the flames from the grocery store down the street while talking to my mother in Massachusetts, seeing the same flames on the news. We had weeks of intense aftershocks. Following, were months of what we referred to as "baby-shocks" which meant they measured less than 3.0 on the rictor scale.
Article about today's earthquake [AOL-only link]