Sunday, November 6, 2011


So I can take an item off of my bucket list now. Yep, I had experiencing an earthquake on my list (shouldn't be surprising that a geologist would have that on there really). I have to say it was a little more than I bargained for too. But let's start at the beginning shall we?

Yesterday morning I was SO bummed to wake up and realize that I missed the 4.7 foreshock (because it turns out that wasn't the big one) at 2ish am during the night. I was jealous of my friends that had felt it which now seems a little crazy. My mom was here because Troy is still out of town and she was glad we didn't feel it.

Fast-forward to last night after the K-State v. OSU game (we played so well; I was truly disappointed we didn't get the win). My mom and I are getting ready to head to bed. My mom was headed toward the bathroom and I had just closed my computer and we both heard this rumbling noise. Then the house started shaking and I yelled, "Mom, it's an earthquake!" We stood holding each other in one of the kitchen doorways for what seemed like quite a while feeling the whole house shake around us and listening to the dishes rattle in the cabinets. It was one of those slow motion moments in life that I know I'll never forget.

I have to say that I was more than happy to have someone here with me during the quake. It was so much more scary than I would have anticipated and I know that if I had been home alone with just Luke I would have been even more freaked out than I was with my mom here.

Once the ground settled down and we calmed down a bit, we turned on the news and our computers to learn what exactly was going on. The initial evaluation of the USGS was that the quake (which I thought was an aftershock) measured 5.2 on the Richter scale. That's a rather significant earthquake people. Today's report is that the earthquake was actually a 5.6 and that last night's quake was the actual earthquake and not an aftershock. That makes it the biggest earthquake to ever strike Oklahoma.

It was amazing to see how fast all my facebook friends from Oklahoma logged on after the quake. My post was the following: "So I was bummed this morning that I didn't feel the earthquake last night--just felt that aftershock. More than enough for me!!! No more please!"

And truly I don't need to experience another earthquake--one at that level was definitely enough for me. I can't imagine feeling anything bigger than what I felt last night! It honestly did scare me a bit more than a little. I'm very grateful that it didn't cause any major damage and that no one was injured.

I do have to say that Troy is extremely jealous (I'll try to explain that it really is a bit crazy to be jealous but I don't think he'll go for it). I've only been able to talk to him briefly today so far but he just can't believe that he missed it. I guess there is still one person in the house who has experiencing an earthquake on their bucket list.

Oh, three more quick tidbits about last night. First, Luke did not wake up for which I am very grateful. Second, my mom immediately called my step-father in KC and he even felt it all the way up there. He said that things rattled around on his desk for a bit. And three, apparently Maggie is not your typical dog because she didn't even get up from her spot on the floor during the whole thing--not a single bark or twitch to indicate anything was wrong. Crazy dog!

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