The One with the 4.4 Earthquake at 4am


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It was only a matter of time. Not IF, but WHEN. This is earthquake country afterall. Chris and I were nestled all snug in our beds while visions of sugar plums danced in our heads. Just before 4am, I was woken by shaking walls and I knew immediately what was happening and screamed out loud. I literally screamed, I can't believe myself! It was only a 4.4 magnitude earthquake, but it felt much worse because we so cleverly (or now we've come to realize not-so-cleverly) found a home for Chris' Mountain Dew bottle collection on a little ledge around the ceiling of our room...

What woke me up and scared me the most was 8 of these Mountain Dew bottles crashing down and making a ruckus. Unfortunately the 8 that fell didn't take it so well. The most prized and valuable bottle in the collection got dented.

So did the others, but they're newer and can be easily replaced.


Other evidence of the quake included our pie safe doors opening and crooked picture frames.

This was at least the 6th earthquake I've been in, you'd think I'd be used to them by now. Not so my friend. The worst was the 1989 Loma Prieta in the Bay Area. I was 4 and was sitting on a tire swing when the quake happened. I remember thinking it was just the wind cuz I wasn't grounded. I probably would have been a lot more scared had I been not swinging around.
This is Chris' 2nd earthquake so he didn't really know what was going on. Amateur :)
Earthquakes are scary man! Especially after all the earthquakes that have been happening recently causing so much grief. Our little earthquake was only a 4.4 but it felt like it lasted for 10 seconds rather than 4 seconds. It's such a humbling and hopeless feeling to sit there while the walls around you shake and Mountain Dew bottles come crashing down. Rachel, the cat, was scared out of her wits and ran under the bed and peed. Our bird who sleeps on top of the door in the bathroom flew around in hysterics and landed on the floor. And the parrots of Pasadena who usually sleep through the night were squawking up a storm as we watched the news at 4am for more information.

Let's hope this is the first and last earthquake we have to live through while in California.
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