Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!!!

By now, you've probably heard about today's excitement on the news - southern California experienced a 5.4 earthquake. I was in an antique store at the time, which is not where you want to be when the big one hits. Anyway, this wasn't the big one, although it was an attention getter! I was shopping near an Asian lady who was rather scared. So, I moved towards her and she towards me, and we held hands until the shaking stopped. 

I don't know why I was so calm at the time, but I remember saying to her, "Don't worry. God is in control. We'll be okay." She probably thought I was nuts.

The earthquake lasted no more than 15 or 20 seconds, but it seems like forever when it's happening. Afterwards, I had to sit down for a minute or two because I was shaking! Even after 40 years, I'm still surprised when the earth moves. It's just not something you get used to.

15 comments:

Kathy and Joel said...

So happy to know you are safe and sound. Yes, 15 - 20 seconds can feel like an eternity when you are scared. You did a good thing by calming that woman down.

OziMum said...

You're so thoughtful, holding someone who is obviously scared! I've never experienced the earth moving! I'm sure it isn't a pleasant experience!

Kristen said...

It's about the only thing I never missed when we left CA to come back to the east coast. No matter how many I felt, every one scared me to death. I still, here, will never stop my car under an underpass if I'm at a light. My friends think I'm nuts!!

I'm glad it wasn't the big one and that you are okay!

Paula said...

Glad everything is ok and it wasn't too big of an earthquake. I know, i've lived here in CA for a long time and earthquakes are scary!

D said...

I live in the middle of big tornado country...and earthquakes scare the crap out of me. Glad you are okay!

Kate said...

Joannah,

I have lurked here quite a bit. I am following your pregnancy journey with baited breath...I so remember those days of waiting and hoping. I so pray this is your month. I am sorry you had the earthquake today...that sounds scary!

Take care of yourself...and those little swimmers too! I am waiting to see some good news in a few weeks!!

Kate

Michelle said...

Scared the heck out of me!

Bella's momma said...

I just found my way to your blog tonight, your beautiful wedding picture brought me here.

When I read your post 'My Chinese Dream' I knew our hearts have know the same pain.

Have a beautiful night,

Krista @bits and pieces

Catherine said...

Glad you are ok! Can't understand how scary it would be to be someplace where the earth moved for that long!

kris said...

So glad you guys are all okay! I've only experienced one earthquake (in Bangladesh) and that's enough for me!

wzgirl said...

I'm hoping that SoCal shake was good for the "swimmers"! Glad you're ok. xo

Tori said...

Hey beautiful

Counting down those days with you...

Yes wasn't that a shake up!

Take care...

Tori

redmaryjanes said...

How are you lady?
I am so glad to hear that you are safe and sound after the earthquake.
And I am very touched by your Chinese Dream post.

Paula said...

I wasn't able to leave a comment on the Narnia movie post.
Glad you liked it. I loved the first one, I'll put this on my Netflix queue.

M3 said...

It was a big one, wasn't it?! Yeesh. Glad you're ok!

Rod was down in LA on the top floor of a 13-story office building and got ahold of me right away to say everything was alright.