Saturday, October 30, 2004

Wakeup Call

I guess this is what I get for sleeping late these days.  It was after 9am when I was shaken awake.  No biggie really. Only a 2.7 --  But still, an earthquake is an earthquake.  Not to sound all panicky but I've heard (from too many different sources) that we're due for a big one, like soon!

When I woke up this morning I had enough time to process what was happening.  That tells me the quake lasted longer than most little shocks we tend to get.  The shaking and rocking kept building, strong enough for me to sit up and consider making my way to the doorframe.

My first thought (after, now that's an earthquake!) was if we do get hit while I'm home, my car would be buried below three stories of apartments.  My second thought was, now, where is that earthquake kit I started assembling six months ago?  And yet another thought - I'm not prepared.

I was more prepared while on vacation than I am at home.  Thinking about it, everything is packed and grouped together on vacation.  Here, I have things scattered about.  Add this to my list of projects : Earthquake Preparedness!

25 comments:

luckyaugustgirl said...

What a scary thought! Time to dust off all the emergency garb! :) I couldnt imagine being in that situation.....That would scare the crap out of me..... Makes me wonder what that would be like...........LOL no i take that back..... it cant be pleasant...... :) Im glad it wasnt more serious..... :) Take care and LOVE the new "About Me" :)
Sarah

coy1234787 said...

    OMG Free, a big earthquake sounds as scary as a big hurricane. There are also places that are occasionally effected by drought, flood, tornado, volcano, forest fire, mudslide, blizzard, avalanche, heat wave, famine, and even terrorist attack. Guess we all have something to watch out for. Now get that earthquake kit together girl:-)
                            *** Coy ***

krobbie67 said...

I was talking to Kevin when it happened. He has a neighbor that keeps backing into the building so when I didn't feel it he figured the neighbor hit his wall again. I guess I should tell him I was wrong. I'm just glad I didn't feel it. Those things rattle my nerves and I turn into a chain smoking big baby. I've been here eight-plus years now and have yet to get prepared. I'm afraid to now. The minute I'm prepared the universe will know that I can handle a big one and let it rip. I figure I'm doing a public service for everyone by not being prepared because I fully believe that you only get what you can handle. :::knocking on wood that I'm not jinxing myself now:::: :-D ---Robbie

readmereadyou said...

I didn't hear it on the news. Happy it was just a little one but I know that feeling having lived in CA years ago.

Angela

mallory4284 said...

Eek, scary stuff. All we have in Indiana are tornados, and luckily enough for me, in the seven (or eightish) years that I've lived here, I've never had to experience one....

Hope your sources are wrong about being due for a big one though. That's no good....

Happy Halloween to you, Freee!

-- Mallory

ryanagi said...

Yikes! Time to GET prepared.

ann7inflorida said...

Like Becky said...Yikes! I'm happy to hear your ok!!!

ann7inflorida said...

ps- The new pic looks awesome!!! : )

s0ngbird1962 said...

Hey, how does one prepare for an earthquake?  What do you put in a kit?  Thinking my kit would contain an umbrella.  I would run for the street with an umbrella to stop any falling debris, lol...

babyshark28 said...

I thought I felt an earthquake while I was at work, but no one said anything, so I just thought it was me.  And it most likely was.

i felt a few quakes while we lived in California.  There pretty scary, and really hard to be prepared for them.

xo and hugs and mushy stuff. :D

sistercdr said...

Earthquakes can be very scary.  I'm lucky in that the few I've experienced have been tiny (New Madrid fault line), and I wonder if there really is a way to prepare.

sunflowerkat321 said...

Yep - getting prepared would be a good idea.  It's not like a weather event...you won't have the newspeople telling you for days ahead of time that it's coming.  But we all know....someday, it is.

slowmotionlife said...

Scurry....  I don't think any of us are typically prepared for ANY disaster.  I have canned food in the pantry, but no water.  I have flashlights, but no batteries.  I have a radio, but those run on batteries too.  But I have books and enough chocolate to last me a lifetime.  I figure that counts for something.  :P

ksgal3133 said...

It's never easy trying to be prepared for something like this. I've never been in an earthquake.....hurricanes are where I draw the line,lol
Hang in there!

Gretchen
http://livinginsavannah.blogspot.com/

bernmilo said...

how scary.....
http://journals.aol.com/bernmilo/WAYNEATOPICTURES

madmanadhd said...

My sister lived in Japan for almost 20 years and earthquake preparedness is almost a national pass time. I fear the last quake they had a few weeks ago may be a harbinger of more to come around the Pacific Rim. But who can tell? Take care, be well, cover your head, run like hell. Like my sister said, "With sh** like earthquakes who needs terrorist alerts." Best wishes.

http://journals.aol.com/madmanadhd/ConfessionsofaMadmanInsightsinto/entries/619

diannevan said...

Ya know...Ami experienced an earthquake on Survivor this season.  Maybe you could give her a call and have her tell you what to do to prepare.  LOL

indigosunmoon said...

Believe it or not...we actually had an earthquake
here in Alabama last year!  It was a 4.7 I think!
Scared me to death at 4am!
Get that kit up to date girl!
Lovish!
Connie

redhdka said...

Scary! I'm gonna pray nothing bad every happens to our Freepeace!

freeepeace said...

SARAH - I've been through a major earthquake.  Very scary - months of aftershocks.  Lots of stress.  It was almost eleven years ago.  Still feels like yesterday.

COY - You make a great point...which is why I don't feel compelled to leave my home.  There are natural and unnatural disasters and threats of disaster everywhere.  It's unavoidable.  And who knows, we could get hit by a bus trying to run from disaster.  The best thing I can do for myself in this situation is be prepared.  Stay aware, educate myself, etc.

ROBBIE - Trippy.  My side of town felt the quake a little harder than a car backing into the building.  I only say that because I'm on the 3rd floor...and this one lasted substantially longer than others.  About being prepared...I totally agree about the universe and what we're given based on our strengths.  So, I suggest you pack a bag as if you're going camping (bottled water, canned food, flashlight, radio, etc) and remove all thoughts of earthquakes.  Whatever.  I know, it's impossible to trick the universe.  ::sigh::  I STILL haven't packed my bag!!

freeepeace said...

ANGELA - There was only one report I found on google news.  Very small.  But it just so happened that I live in one of the areas where it was felt (go figure).  Were you here for the january 94 quake?

MALLORY - To me a tornado is more scary - because I've never experienced one.  I grew up in the NE where there were many hurricanes.  And still I didn't think they were all that bad.  I used to say, "well at least it's not a tornado."  [shows what I know]

RYANAGI - Yes, indeed.

ANN - I keep thinking about what you were hit with this year.  So much happening in our world.

MICHELLE - I don't remember the exact items recommended for an earthquake kit.  I'm pretty sure it's something like: water, canned food, prozac, a bottle of vodka and an umbrella.  Good call.  Thanks.  You're smart. :P

freeepeace said...

BERNMILO - Yep.  I've gotta keep it in perspective though.  Otherwise, the fear could easily take over.

MADMANADHD - Japan has been hit with the worst earthquakes.  It's devastating.  I think it affects them so much because they are so populated...the quakes hit urban areas.  Could be that way if a big one hits LA.  Scary stuff.

DIANNE - LOL - If I call Ami, it won't be to ask about earthquake preparedness, that's for sure. :P

CONNIE - A 4.7 in Alabama?  That's a pretty rockin' quake!  The one I experienced here in 94 woke me up at 4am too [something around a 6.9 or 7.0 near my then-apartment].

REDHDKA - Awww...thanks.  I'm all for prayers that keep freeepeace safe. :)

freeepeace said...

SHARKY - Maybe you felt the one I felt. ;)  Earthquakes are pretty scary indeed.  To think the ground that's supposed to support us could be the very thing that rips out from underneath us.  Hugs and mushy stuff back (lol, that was cute!)

SISTERCDR - There are ways to prepare, but no confirmed ways to predict quakes.  

KAT - Trippy isn't it?  So many other things can be predicted down to the last detail.  Earthquakes are still one of the world's mysteries.  ...kinda wishing it would be solved real soon - but not holding my breath.  Instead, I'll get prepared.

SLOMO - Good reminder about flashlights and batteries.  I'm so not prepared either.  Chocolate!  What am I thinking?  I'm so low on chocolate, that could be a disaster in itself.

GRETCHEN - I'm a hurricane gal myself.  Earthquakes are really unnerving.  Just like any natural disaster.  Hanging in. ;)

andreakingme said...

Well geeze, I'm really out of the loop! I didn't know CA had an earthquake. Makes me feel like poop because what if you really HAD gotten hurt and I didn't find out until today? Le gulp.

I'm glad you're okay. Now get your 'nado kit together, Missy!

txsguinan said...

Holy cow ~ talk about out of the loop; I missed it and I was here!  Maybe I was at the gym, where the floor is always rolling under me.  I haven't heard anything about it, either, but then I'm avoiding the news, especially today ;(  

Glad everything's OK... :)