Friday, April 18, 2008

What a Wake Up Call

We had an earthquake. They say it registered 5.2 on the Richter Scale. It wasn't on the New Madrid Fault Line.

Keith and I both shot up out of bed this morning around 4:35. It sounded like someone was trying to break into our apartment. Our doors were shaking, the walls were shaking, our entire bedroom was moving. (We live on the second floor of a 4 family flat that is easily over 100 years old) We have a back porch off of our bedroom and that door flew open.

It only took us a few seconds to realize that we were experiencing an earthquake.

Keith told me to get up and stand in the doorway (grade school drills must have been coming back to him!). It only lasted about 30 seconds or so, but still freaked us out. I just kept thinking, "Oh man, don't let this last and then throw me into labor!"

I used the opportunity to take a quick pee break and attempted to go back to bed. I think I maybe dozed off for about 20 minutes before getting up for work.

It's hard to go back to sleep after an earthquake.

** We had "after shock" around 10:15 this morning. I was sitting at my desk at work and my chair started shaking, then my desk and computer screen. They say it was a 4.5.**

3 comments:

it's me, Val said...

I just posted about this too! Wasn't that the weirdest thing ever?! A feel so hard to describe because who ever fathoms the earth actually moving and shaking?! I had such a hard time going back to sleep, too. And if you had gone into labor, what a story to have told Baby B! (But I'm glad you didn't, of course!)

Lilypad Mom said...

I haven't experienced an earthquake, but I imagine it must be pretty scary to be woken up by one. I'm glad that you guys are ok and that it didn't put you into labor!

Carrie said...

Yep, we felt it too, even though we live a considerable distance from you. It's just weird.