Thursday, August 25, 2011

East Coast Earthquake

Wow...5.8 on the scale. Suddenly the house was rocking and swaying. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. We live on a golf course and during a really good thunderstorm we can 'feel' the roll of thunder along the course, but this was different. I ran to the window to make sure a storm had not snuck up on me. It sounded like one of those instances where you load your washing machine unevenly and it starts making that noise that says 'come and fix this problem...NOW,' that wasn't it either. I ran upstairs and my son said we were having a 'earth tremor'...thank you Meteorologist Jalen. I thought 'could' this be an earthquake? The bookcase was shaking, my bed was jumping up and down and all the while little Kinley-locks was fast asleep in her bed dreaming of 'just right' porridge. It was like I was standing in the middle of a john boat as the tide was rolling in.

I turned on the TV and the soap operas were in full swing. I was surprised there was no high pitched warning or alerts scrolling at the bottom of the screen. I jumped on FB and realized I was not alone and that friends as far away as NYC had felt it too. I called loved ones to make sure they were alright and fortunately everyone was ok. As a result of the crazed gunman fiasco at Discovery, they have a new alerts system, so I was fully aware of what was going on with my sister via text and phone messages. I couldn't imagine living out West where this happens more frequently and at higher magnitudes. There were at least three aftershocks experienced well into the night. None of which I felt. The media circuits spent the remainder of the day giving us helpful information on what to do (or what we should have done), what to expect (cellular and land line phone service was temporarily interrupted) and showing us some areas that did have a considerable amount of damage done as a result of the earthquake. My house is still standing and I'm grateful it was not a worse situation and we are all safe.

Psalm 121:7 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

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