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The Earthquake

posted Aug 26, 2011, 5:54 AM by Christine Merrill   [ updated Aug 26, 2011, 5:58 AM ]
Oh yes, we felt it!!  The epicenter was only about an hour and a half south of us, and it was quite the experience!  Some of us took it fairly in stride, but the majority of people around here did not like it at all.  You could say they were a little shaken...

When the earthquake hit, it took some time to realize it was an earthquake and not some huge truck rolling by or something, Ellis and Lillian were in their rooms for naptime, and I instinctively got under a table, then remembered my kids.  I shouted to Ellis that she should get under her bed.  I shouted again and asked if she'd done it, and she said yes.  When it ended, I went in and saw her sitting complacently on her bed like nothing had happened.  She thought I'd been telling her to get back in bed and stop playing around.  I asked if she'd thought anything about the ground shaking around and such, and she said, "huh?"  Ellis, honey, that was an earthquake!!  Oooohhhh!  Lillian slept right through it.  I still don't know if I should have woken her up to get her protected or it turns out, I'm glad she got a good nap.

Lige had school canceled the day after so they could inspect the buildings before the kids went back.  After the earthquake, they all stayed outside until the parents came.  Lige got a bit of a sunburn.  Sometimes I wonder if I should mention to his teachers that white kids need some sun protection...but in this case, not much to be done about it.  The weather was gorgeous, anyway.

So, it looks like not much damage other than really old historic buildings around here.  Very lucky.  Well, I guess it wasn't that big of an earthquake, anyway.  But we're not complaining!