The word can strike fear into just about everyone. I remember as a child there was a movie called Earthquake that really frightened me. For weeks after I saw it any creak or rumble I was certain meant our house was going to come crashing down like so many did in the movie. I was too young to really know it was Hollywood playing on our base fears.
That was then, this is now. Most Americans will never experience an Earthquake. I do remember many years after my traumatization there was an actual earthquake in Ohio, but much like many of the quakes here in California, it was a non-event.
Earthquakes are very serious and many people have lost their lives, I am NOT discounting the gravity of an actual earthquake. It is just in my two plus decades living out here on the left coast, I have been blessed to not have been in an earthquake serious enough to either result in damage to my property and self, nor anyone I know suffer any loss.
Why am I talking about seismic movement? Well, in the past 48 hours we have had TWO(2) major events. The first one on the fourth of July (little shaking before the BOOMS of the fireworks shook us in other ways!) and then another one tonight. Now what made these unique is that they were sustained. Like LOOOOONG. They didn’t feel like they were going to stop. The good news is these were more ‘rolling’ quakes rather than the more violent shaking up and down quakes (I think the latter is what rocked Northridge and San Francisco during the world series).
The little guy has talked about earthquakes and in his school they have earthquake preparedness drills, but he had yet to really experience an earthquake of any real magnitude. He was a little shaken (pun TOTALLY intended there) and spooked, but he handled it very well. during the first one he was in our bed with newmom watching something on the television in our room. He was a bit nervous for a while but shortly was ok with everything. Tonight we were at a sporting goods store and the hanging signs were swaying and the displays were rattling.
Well, another first in the books. His first earthquake that he will remember, and on the 4th of July! I pray that he will never have to share the story of being in ‘the big one’ to anyone. We all kind of know someday it will hit, lets just continue to pray that someday is so far down the line we won’t see it in out lifetime or his.
oh, and by the way, my favorite disaster movies are all earthquake movies. I guess I wasn’t scarred for life!