Friday, April 25, 2008
Okay, That One Was Scary
We just had another quake, bigger than the others we've had -- the whole house shook for ten or twenty seconds -- although I don't know magnitude because nobody's reported on it yet. A fair amount of crashing in the house, and what sounded like glass breaking, but we can't find any actual damage, just some stuff knocked over.
One of the crosses hanging on my study wall was still swinging back and forth several minutes later.
There were two, I think, small aftershocks afterwards.
We're more rattled emotionally than physically. The fact that these have been getting bigger is somewhat alarming. And of course, there's no way to predict if/when another one will hit.
We've put extra water in the fridge, and I've put the most valuable of the breakables in my study on the couch, cushioned by pillows.
I said to Gary, "I'm starting to rethink the wisdom of living in a two-story house," and he said, "I'm starting to rethink the wisdom of living in Nevada."
Okay, here's the story. The initial estimate is that it was a 4.9, followed by a 3.0 a few minutes later. But I know I felt two aftershocks.
I'll be interested to see if that estimate changes; the intensities of several of these recent quakes have been revised upwards.