Shake Baby Shake, or Why I Was Awake at 1:37 a.m. This Morning
Well it actually started with the loud group leaving the building, probably closer to 1:30. I suspect they were the same group that we kept hearing loud exclamations from during the late afternoon and evening. After some research, we suspect it was the futbol friendly between the Chilean & German national teams (Germany won 1-0, boo).
It Really IS Just Like San Francisco Here
But a few minutes later, the fun really began. The rumbling and shaking that those of us who have lived in seismically active areas recognize as an earthquake.
Now we knew we were moving to one of the most seismically active areas on the planet, and a couple of days ago there were a couple of tremors felt here, though neither Cecile nor I felt them. Joel did though, the second one. The first occurred during our walk to school on Tuesday, and the second was about 1/2 hour later, so apparently it was felt at his school. That one was fairly far away, off shore, but a 5.7. Actually looking at the USGS map, it looks like there were two more one in the same location as the first, the another on land, a 4.8, so one of those was what they felt at school.
But at 1:37 this morning, we were all, of course, in bed in our apartment and there was some good rumbling and shaking. It went on just long enough for us to be getting ready to throw on some clothes & shoes, grab Joel & our emergency bag, and head downstairs. But then it ended. Joel did not wake up, and in retrospect it wasn’t a really bad one, but the situation sure woke us up. That adrenaline rush is a blast, and for some reason when it all whooshed away, we did not go right back to sleep. So we’re a little tired today, but fine.
As I lay awake in bed I estimated it as a 5.0 based on my limited experience. Cecile got up to check her quake tracker, but they’re not that up-to-the-minute, so we had to wait until we got up this morning. It was a 5.3, not bad, but I think I prefer the 4s and lower.
And hey, no chance of snow, and it’s sunny and getting into the 70s, so it all evens out. Especially if I get a nap in today.