Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What the hell Wednesday…earthquake?!

I felt the earth move yesterday, and not in the good way.

Washington, DC had an earthquake. That’s right. A fricken earthquake!

Now, I’m no geologist or anything, but earthquakes aren’t from around here, right? That’s a California phenomenon. Like Hollywood and San Francisco. Those things belong in California. People are used to them and know how to deal with the craziness. Here? Not so much.

I lived in California as a young girl and felt only one small earthquake. It was in the night and I felt my bed rock a little bit and that was it. Back to sleep.

This? This was scary. And it was loud. I didn’t know earthquakes made so much noise. At first I thought it was just a plane coming in low. Really, really low. But the noise didn’t stop, it just continued on and on. Then I felt the house move.

I waited for a second, thinking I had vertigo (you know, from all the eyeball exercise I was doing at the computer). It felt jiggly at first, then it started to roll from side to side. That’s when I got up from my desk, still trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

In California, one might have figured out right quick that it was an earthquake. But we don’t have earthquakes here. We have the capital of the nation. That being said, one of my first thoughts was… bomb? What does a bomb sound like? Feel like? OMG, is this a bomb?!

As I rounded the corner, looking for the dogs, who were now running in from outside, I saw the dishes in the china cabinet sloshing around and the chandelier swinging back and forth. That’s when my mind realized this is an earthquake, you idiot!

Okay, I’ve figured out it’s an earthquake…now what? The dogs were looking at me like, “what we do, Mom?” and me, well I had no flippin clue. I quickly thought bathroom and then realized, nope, that’s for tornadoes. I. could. not. remember.

And then it stopped. Just like that.

I looked down at the girls and said, why didn’t you let me know an earthquake was coming?? They were like, Mom. We from Texas. Duh.

At that point, I kind of felt like crying because I was so shook up. I realized the whole thing took about a minute. But it was the longest minute of my life. And I was scared. I don’t remember ever being scared like that.

Thankfully nothing was damaged and no one was hurt at my house. There was a bit of damage in DC and surrounding areas, but nothing major.

Now I can say I am an earthquake survivor. Let me tell you something…that was NOT on my bucket list.

In other news, guess what?

We are expected to be hit by Hurricane Irene over the weekend.

Dawn in DC, experiencing natural disasters since 2011.


  1. My husband said he felt it in his office building in downtown Boston, but I didn't feel it just 10 miles north. That must have been freaky! We are getting ready to batten down the hatches here this weekend for the hurricane; I'm already checking my battery supply, and more importantly my wine rack.

  2. Ah, 5.0 earthquake wasn't more than dropping a couple of extra quarters in the vibrating hotel bed. During the Gilroy, CA 6.5 in the early 80's I was thrown out of my bed onto the bedroom floor. During the Loma Preata EQ half of my swimming pool splashed out of the pool and I was living in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains 100 miles from epicenter.

    Hurricane Irene? No biggie. You got it made. You'll get almost a CAT 2. I live 16 miles north as the crow flies from where Katrina made landfall at a full CAT 5. When I got home my barn was laying on top of my tractor. 100 ft. pine trees were snapped in half like a match stick. There is nothing that says welcome home like being out of water and electricity for two weeks eating MREs everyday and bathing in the pond.

    What you really need to worry about is the volcano in Yellowstone. Yep. It burps a little more everyday.

    Srsly, glad you're okay. We live on a naturally violent planet.

    TIP: Stock up can food, BBQ coals and batteries, NOW!!

  3. Glad you're OK. Knock wood, you'll have sailed through two natural disasters by the end of the weekend.

  4. Man, it's like you moved to DC and brought the crazy with ya! I thought of you when I heard about the quake. Glad you're ok. I felt it here, although I didn't realize it. I was walking out of my office and stumbled and was all "oh man I tripped over my feet" nope, it was the earth's faulth!

  5. I'm one of those snide Californians who laughs when an earthquake occurs somewhere unusual and people freak out. We used to lay in bed when there was an earthquake and guess at the magnitude. We were near L.A.X., and we figured if the planes were still taking off, it wasn't a big one, so why get up?

    Now, I'm here in Texas, and every time there's a tornado warning or a big lightning storm, I Freak The Hell Out. And don't get me started on that inch of snow we got this year.

  6. I think I would have felt the same way as you afterwards. Confused and a little emotional. Not that long ago we had the craziest thunder by our house and it shook it like I've never had thunder shake my house before, I ran into my husband's man cave and just stood next to him and quietly said, "I was scared."

  7. Dawn, you were the first person I thought of this morning as I heard the news. So glad you and the house and the doggies are ok!!

  8. That was wild wasn't it? Glad I've got earthquake scratched off my bucket list too (not that it was actually on there). Stay safe during Irene!


I would love to hear what you have to say!

If you don't have a website but want to choose a username instead of "anonymous" click Name/URL (the URL is optional)