Monday, November 14, 2011

Earthquakes, Oh My!

When I was in Norman for undergrad, I experienced my first earthquake.  I was taking a nap in the living room and was woken up by a violent shake.  It lasted a matter of seconds and was over.  I never thought about that day again, that is until last friday.  Around 2:00 am or so I was again woken up by a distantly familiar violent shaking that lasted a little bit longer than a few seconds.  I was so drowsy from being woken up all I could think of was, "hmm, must have been an earthquake," as I drifted back off to sleep.  My husband though, he got up, looked out the window, and then I believe he went and checked to make sure we weren't being invaded by aliens or something.  Or maybe I dreamt the last part? 

The next evening Andrew & I were at a friends house when all of the sudden the house started shaking and it continued to shake for a good 90 seconds.  I never thought it was going to stop.  It continued for so long, that I didn't know if it was me shaking or the house shaking.  I was scared!  I think you are supposed to move into doorways or go outside or something during earthquakes, not really sure.  But not me!  Nope.  I just sat there and stared at Andrew and he sat there staring at me.  We were shocked, scared, and stunned.  Aftershock?  No.  Friday must have been a "pre-shock."  Saturday was a "total shock." The next day as we were driving home, we had another earthquake, "after-shock?" maybe... who knows.  And in case you are wondering, you can't really feel an earthquake while you are driving.

Living in Oklahoma, we learn all about tornados and how to take cover, we even had tornado drills in elementary school.  However, I can honestly say, no one has ever taught me about earthquakes.  I never thought I would ever need to know about them either!  In the words of Justin Bieber himself, never say never!  Oh the joys of living in Oklahoma

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