Have you ever been in a tornado? I have. It is one of the most amazing, scary and even thrilling natural events I have experienced. The sound of a tornado is something that you will never forget.
Growing up in a small Mid-Western town, we would have tornado drills at school. And most of us had cellars, so we all knew where to go if there was threat.
You get no warning with an earthquake.
I’ve lived in California for almost 10 years now, and today was my first real earthquake experience. It not only shook the house, it shook me too.
And it wasn’t even “that big”.
I found out today I’m still a Mid-Westerner when all of my California Girl bravado went out the window.
My husband was home during the quake and just smiled and rode it out. I, on the other hand, jumped up and stood in the doorway as we watched the house shake, the pictures on the wall shake, and waited for it to stop.
I didn’t like it one bit.
All this time living here I have been waiting to experience an earthquake. I’ve felt several small ones and lots of aftershocks, but none this size.
We lived in Napa during the big 6.0 earthquake of 2014. Only I wasn’t there at the time. I was in Carmel for a wedding the day before, and woke up to several messages from family members checking to see if I was okay.
When we got home later that day we were surprised to see so much damage and, this is going to sound crazy, but I was a little upset that I’d missed it. I mean, how cool would it be to say you experienced what was now a part of history?
Okay, so now I’m glad I was lucky enough to be in a cozy hotel in Carmel.
The sensation of the earthquake stayed with me for a few hours and I even felt sick to my stomach. I’d like to say I’ll be cool and collected when I experience another quake, but I’m not sure I’ve earned the “Seasoned Earthquake Veteran” title just yet.