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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SHOOK UP

It started off as uneventful sunny afternoon. I was just going to sit outside with my girls as they ride their bikes. As I was helping Kaitlyn get out of the door I suddenly felt the house swaying. Was it the wind that did that or a big truck just pass by? I knew it was an earthquake but I didn't want to think it was, i had no reason to think it was. Ralph has never mentioned an earthquake in Delaware. Just to make sure it wasn't the wind I went it and still the house was swaying. I took a hold of my youngest in our archway and yelled for my oldest to come to us right away. I held my kids until it stopped. I was scared. I immediately ran to my MIL room to ask if she felt it and she did. I rushed my kids outside and my neighbor was out as well. It was an earthquake and it shook me to the core. Exactly 5 minutes after it happened Ralph and his colleague arrived at the house on the Police Motorcycle. They didn't feel anything. We tuned in to the news straight away and found out that it was a 5.8 magnitude with Virginia as the center of the quake. Buildings and stores were evacuated for fear of aftershock.

I never realized that the fear, anxiety and stress level goes up when you have kids. You think about your children's safety. As soon as it was over I stressed to my kids how important it was to find a safe place when there is an earthquake. I told Kayla if she is inside the house she is to grab her sister and go under the table until the quake stops and run outside with her and not come in until it was safe. I am all shook up but thankful that it didn't last that long and it wasn't that bad. The quake made me realize that mother nature is wide awake and she wants us to take notice.....

3 comments:

Adin B said...

That is so scary! Good thing you guys were safe and nothing really serious happened. It is always a good practice to tell the kids what to do in this type of situation. Take care you guys!

Adin B

OSeƱorita said...

Heard it on the news last week also that parts of the US had an earthquake. Hope all is well with your family. People here in the Philippines are always dreading for earthquakes that's why most schools and offices have regular earthquake drills. But still...you'll never know...that's why it's important to always know what to do...just in case...

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☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

I felt the tail of the quake lods, hope you guys are fine there. and hope you are well now lods

 

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