Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquakes and Hurricanes

There is still a lot of talk going on about the recent earthquake that took place here in Virginia on Tuesday. The news today reported that aftershocks could possibly take place for up to two weeks after the earthquake. No thanks! One good shakeup was enough for me.

We only live about 1-1/2 hours from where the epicenter of the earthquake was. I was in my studio ~ I had just sat down at my desk when I started hearing little noises like things shaking in a jar. Suddenly, the room was moving and everything in my studio was rattling ~ the jars of paint, the beads in containers, the buttons in jars, everything ~ it sounded like a giant windchime. And then it stopped. I had never experienced that sensation before. I knew it was an earthquake and after the shaking stopped, I found myself holding tightly onto my desk with both hands. It was an experience I don't want repeated. Truth be told ~ it was frightening.

It amazes me that it was felt so far away. I immediately got on Facebook and the comments started popping up ~ earthquake in Canada ~ earthquake in North Carolina ~ earthquake in Pennsylvania, etc. News reports today stated that this earthquake was felt by 1/3 of the country.

Thankfully, we had no damage of any kind. I do now have a more realistic sympathy for those who experience severe earthquakes around the world. Not only is an earthquake frightening, the devastation of property and life can be catastrophic.

Now, we have this large hurricane ~ Irene ~ bearing down on our Eastern Coastline. Of course, my first thoughts were of Casey and Amanda in Charleston, SC. Thank God, it sounds like Charleston will be safe, but I fear for those in North Carolina all the way up the coast to Maine. I have many Blog friends living in those areas and I hope you will all be taking the necessary precautions. I will be thinking of you and praying for your safety.


1 comment:

Jan said...

You were the first person I thought of when I heard there had been an earthquake. Glad you are safe! How frightening they are, we are so helpless in the face of natures power. Take care!