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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Just hopping by...

...along with two of the bajillion bunnies who live in or visit my yard, to say I hope you had a lovely Easter!

And I also wanted to update anyone who was worried or wondering:  Yes, we did have an earthquake here, measuring somewhere around 7.0-7.2 or so, centered east of Tijuana, Mexico.  Yes, we really felt it...a lot!  And, yes, we are FINE!  We saw no damage, everything is still on the shelves here, and no cupboards flew open =-)  We did hear from a young man who had stopped by our company offices that file drawers were flying open and the building really shook and swayed but no damage.  I know there was a lot of damage in some of the towns in Mexico, but we were very lucky here.  I was sitting on a huge granite rock out in front of my MIL's house at the time of the quake, out in the sun, talking to DD in Scotland on the phone...At first I thought, hmmm, was that an earthquake?  And then very shortly thereafter I was saying, "WOW! Yes, this certainly is an earthquake!"  It lasted about a minute, the rock really shook, the windows bowed in and out on MIL's house, and the roof tiles made a fierce creaking sound.  Then it was over.  The aftershocks had a sharper, quicker feel. I read this on the NY Times news alert in my in-box this afternoon:

At least five possible aftershocks were reported, including a 4.5-magnitude quake 62 miles east of Tijuana, reported at 4:09 p.m., and a 5.1-magnitude quake near Imperial, Calif., at 4:15 p.m. A 3.8-magnitude quake was also reported 12 miles northwest of Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. at 4:19 p.m. A 3.6-magnitude quake was reported 7 miles northeast of Julian, Calif., at 4:22 p.m.. A 4.3-magnitude quake was reported 15 miles west-southwest of Calixico, Calif., at 4:34 p.m., and a 4.7-magnitude quake was reported 14 miles south-southwest of Mexicali, Baja California in Mexico, at 4:37 p.m.

The ground rumbled off and on for awhile...it is disconcerting while it's happening, to say the least, and makes you on edge for a bit, jumpy at every noise or hint at another after-shock.

Needless to say, I quickly called DS to make sure he and DDIL were ok and then I called family in NY to let them know everything was fine because the news stations were going berserk with reports.  It is so frightening for them to hear the sensationalized words:  "Massive earthquake in So. California" on the news when they have family here and live in a place that doesn't have earthquakes...Quakes, in general, really don't phase us much here, though...yes, we notice them, usually, but they are few and far between and are nothing that I ever worry about or even think about very often.  Now, fire...that is another story altogether...=-/

Anway, Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

xzo, D.


Rian said...

My sister felt the quake in Phoenix, this was her first and the first time she has seen the water slosh out of her pool. I did not feel it in SLO. Yeah, quakes are pretty ho-hum most of the time, but 7 is a biggie, especially for Tijuana, which has no building codes. Those bricks come tumbling down.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Thank goodness you and most were a-okay after this quake. You better get yourself back to NYS soon....We have no such worries here.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i just found your blog, very nice! I´m happy that you didn´t have trouble with the quake, I live in Chile and we just had a major one a little over a month ago - of course you must´ve seen it in the news - very scary! Just try not to worry too much about the aftershocks, they can be nerve wrecking but will get less strong every time. take care!