A couple of weeks ago, there was an earthquake where we live. It was a 5.6 on the Richter Scale and lasted for only about 5 seconds, but it was terrifying still. It was about 10 pm and I was in bed, chatting with my husband who was working on the computer. Suddenly, the bed began to shake, like one of the kids were jumping on it, and our ceiling lamps started swinging – and my husband looked at me with a look of sheer panic on his face. It happened three times that night, but thankfully I was asleep for the last two.
Well, like I said, it was over before we knew it, but awful nontheless. A couple of years ago, there was an even stronger one which lasted for about 30 seconds, which in earthquake time is an eternity. I was pregnant with my son at the time, and I remember grabbing my daughter, who was around 2 then, and running down the stairs to my husband, who was in the study. Luckily, we were all ok, and our house survived as well. But since then, I’ve learned a thing or two about earthquakes: and running down the stairs is something you should NEVER do. Oh dear.
I don’t want to scare you, but earthquakes are happening all over the world, and some hotspot places include Italy, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Indonesia etc – to find out more, go to this Earthquake Locator site) so if you live in an area which may be susceptible, please be PREPARED.
My next post will have some great preparation tips to keep your family SAFE.
[tags]Earthquake,Earthquake Tips,Keeping safe,disaster preparation[/tags]
Originally posted on November 4, 2006 @ 10:48 am