Tuesday, August 23, 2011

They Felt The Earth Move


Yes up and down the Atlantic coast they indeed felt the earth move! It was an earthquake of 5.8 on the Richter scale. Yes many people are reporting the tremors. I did NOT feel anything. I guess the house is well grounded? I heard a noise that I thought was a strange groan from our dog, it wasn't. I'm guessing maybe the pipes were unhappy with the shaking.

We have family living in Richmond and DC not far from the epicenter. They had lots of shaking and rattling, but so far I've not heard any reports of damage. Pups of course not happy with the whole shake, rattle and roll Mother Nature provided. I'm grateful we on the East coast didn't have anything to the magnitude some other parts of the world have had to experience. I just heard on the news there has been a 2.8 aftershock reported. I'm praying this calms down very soon.

So lessons learned? Yes...pick up the phone, send out an email, grab hold of the ones you love and tell them right this second how much they are loved and what they have meant in your life. We are never promised tomorrow; today is the day, this is the minute...love the ones your with.

Loves~Loves~Loves~

23 comments:

Claudia Moser said...

Glad you are safe! Thank you for letting us know!

Sush said...

>Claudia...thank you and we are indeed fortunate...

Ellie said...

So glad you are all safe. We heard about the earthquake. Scary isn't it. We take life for granted some times. Keep safe.

laurie said...

wow, thats so scary!!!!They say we felt here in Canada!

Shady Del Knight said...

Sush, I've been reading about the quake and thinking about you, Odie, B-Barb and my friends back in PA. Aftershocks are predicted. I hope they aren't too bad. I also hope you guys don't have Irene to contend with in the coming days!

Barbara F. said...

My poor little townhouse shook, the whole front portion of it, dishes rattling, my poor birdies fell off their perches. Very scary 20 seconds. Glad it was not worse. xo,

Shelly said...

Thankful you are safe! And your advice is extremely wise. I hope many people will follow it-

Belle said...

I thought I was already following you! I thought I would check and I guess I forgot. Anyway, I am following now. I'm so glad all is well with you through the earthquake. I grew up in California and got quite used to them.

Bethe77 said...

Glad you are safe.
Great advice!
Blessings

orchid said...

Oh, my Dear Sush!!!
So glad to hear you are safe☆☆☆
I live in Sothern part of Japan ( where is the southmost pref. of main island of Japan). In northeast Japan, we still have frequent afterquakes.....
Always heartbreaking to hear the news of all the natural disasters all over the world.
Lots of love and Hugs xoxo, Orchid.

yaya said...

Caught this on the news during my work day...shook me up..sorry, I couldn't resist! Thankfully nobody was hurt and hopefully it will quiet down. This has been a weird year for weather and all kinds of phenoms!

Sweet Tea said...

Scarey, exciting, day for your area.
Glad there are no injuries reported but I bet your nerves are on edge. You are so right about letting firends and loved oness know how much we care - we never know what a day will bring.

Sarah Pearson said...

Good lessons to learn. I'm glad everyone was okay.

Sush said...

>Ellie...thank you for the caring thoughts, I hope I never start taking life for granted!

>Laurie...luckily I didn't experience anything but I was concerned about my kids...who are all fine. I heard from a cousin in Michigan they felt it there so not surprising y'all felt some tremors in Canada!

>Shady...thank you for your concern, I'm hoping Odie did fine as he lives closer to the epicenter than I and your friends in PA may have experienced more than I. Irene we could definitely do without. It's a double dipper birthday wkend approaching...My granddaughter will be 2 and my oldest grandson 7. No Hurricane Party was in the works for the younger set.

>Barbara F...wow you had a bad time of it! I would have hated to see a little birdie fall off his perch. Hope it remains calm for you..

>Shelly...well I do know my family has had the telephone wires buzzing. We couldn't get up with the Richmond/DC crew for a few hours so we were very relieved when we did!

>Belle...oh how fun to see your pretty face! Welcome aboard and I hope you'll visit often.

>Bethe77..Thanks for the sweet thoughts and yes all is well!

>Orchid...I thought of you and your countrymen right away. We were very fortunate in my part of the world, nothing extreme. Hugs~

>YaYa...oh I think if we can't have a sense of humor when these things go on we wouldn't be able to make it through. We've been trading laughs around my family all day. My son is hoping we don't get locusts tomorrow...

>SweetTea...Louisiana girls aren't used to trembling ground, just squishy!

>Sarah P..I guess the best we can do from a lesson is try to learn something from it! I think I got my syllabus big time today!

karen said...

Glad you're doing fine and taking it in stride. Of course we here on the West Coast are old hands at this. We're still waiting for the "big one." 5.9 is a shaker, but relatively small in the grand scheme - I'm so glad it wasn't any worse. One thing good about a little warning shaker: it gets everyone thinking about being better prepared!

Carol Wyer said...

Sush, I nipped over after you sent me your very funny joke. I hadn't heard about this earthquake but I have been somewhat shut off from the real world the last few days. How awful! Thankfully you are alright. Your last paragraph is so true-we should be very mindful that tomorrow is never assured.
It is a pleasure to be here and I look forward to reading more from you.
Warm wishes
Carol
www.facing50withhumour.blogspot.com

Christine said...

We get lots of earthquakes here in Oklahoma but they take place around OKC, so we don't feel them around NE Oklahoma. Thankfully. Also, we don't get 5.9's.

Desiree said...

I cannot begin to imagine the real terror that experiencing a big earthquake would precipitate. I am so thankful that these are not commonly experienced in my country, although overall South Africa is not immune to them, either. However, we have nothing like the ones your part of the world experiences and, where I live, they are unknown.

I wonder why it takes calamities to remind us of the truly important things in our lives? We all know that each moment is a gift and yet we choose to live as though life is permanent. Thank you for this pognant reminder to cherish what we have each and every day!

Big hug,
Des xoxo

Sush said...

>Karen...I can't imagine how you all go through those 'big ones'. I was lucky that I didn't actually feel the effects. My DIL has 'shaken not stirred' on her FB page. Those relatives in VA felt the worst of it! Thanks for the encouragement!

>Carol...welcome again and you sure do have a lot going on in your world these days! Doing a little shaking of your own but in a better manner.

>Christine...whew I am glad you don't get them in your corner of OK! Didn't expect to get them here in NC!

>Des...I thought they were unknown in my little corner of the world until yesterday! However, as I mentioned it was other family members that experienced the worst of it. Glad it was a 'gentle' reminder of how fragile life is...

Pat MacKenzie said...

That must have been a very strange and scary feeling for people who have never experienced an earthquake. I don't now what I would do in that situation. Glad you and yours are all safe. And yes, we sometimes need drastic reminders to tell those we love how much we love and appreciate them.

Sush said...

Pat...definitely strange for this La gal! Hurricanes...yes...tornados...yes...earthquakes...nope!

Chatty Crone said...

Glad you and your family were safe.

Sush said...

>Sandie...thank you and yes they all were safe is some a tad shaken, pun intended!