March 20, this year, I was alone in my apartment ironing my uniform when I felt the floor move gently. My initial reaction was to turn off the iron and sit down on the floor because I thought I was fainting or dizzy or something. Then I heard the lamps above me cling against each other. So, it wasn’t me. I stood up, got my legal documents and a bottle of water, and crouched next to the strongest wall.
Now, I live on the fourth story of a four story building. Awesome. I figured that trying to get out seemed more dangerous, since I know that stairs aren’t the sturdiest structures (viva the 5 semesters in architecture college!) and I also know how structures collapse. Identifying the strongest wall is easy enough, and I figured that if anything were to fail and drop, it wouldn’t crush me there. FYI I grew up in a quiet town that had absolutely no natural disasters- it’s in the middle of a desert, in the middle of the country, between two mountain ranges. No hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, nothing! I didn’t grow up with the “preventive/survival/safety” culture. I just remember that I wasn’t too scared (panicking by yourself is stupid), but I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing or anything. The movement lasted about two minutes, but it seemed way longer. Reports vary saying that it was a 7.6-7.9…
So yeah. Scary, and I hope I won’t have to experience it again. Or at least not alone. 14 months ago
I felt the 5.8 in VA. 21 months ago
How I did it: I was sitting on my couch, chowing down on a huge bowl of leftover taco salad and texting my best girlfriend, when I heard a strange noise. I can't explain it, but as I looked up, I noticed my entire house was off balance. Things were at angles and I was frozen in time.
Read how I did it… 21 months ago
I've been studying the Book of Revelation, the final chapter in the Bible, all summer and for a moment, I decided the rapture was upon us (and that God was poking fun at me for mocking Mr. Camping in this goal
. Haha) It occurred to me that Italia was upstairs asleep and Maya downstairs and if things went wrong, I might not be able to get them out together soon enough. Yet, I continued to sit there. My only reasoning is this: My Bible Study teacher mentioned that the phrase "do not fear" is listed 365 times in the Bible. That's one for each day. As I sat on the couch, thinking about my beautiful creations, I realized that God's will shall be done, and that I must not fear.
Once the house looked normal and the noise had ceased, I got up, looked out my windows and saw all my neighbors standing outside. I texted my Husband and he told me that we had just experience an earthquake.
Wow, didn't see that coming.
How I did it: Living in Sendai, japan...experienced the big one... 9.0 so scary...well over a minute...couldnt stand...huge aftershocks for the following month or so...huge damamge nearby from tsunami...shocking and terrifying Read how I did it… 23 months ago