June 6, 2008
I love the Bay Area But....
I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area,but sometimes I get a little freaked out about earthquakes. Last night I was watching the 11:00 p.m news and I had this feeling that one was going to happen. It felt still and odd in the house to me. I got ready for bed and drifted off to sleep......and then SHAKE SHAKE!! That was about 1:45 a.m. It woke me up and I thought to myself, See! I knew one was going to happen tonight! Drifting back off to sleep,for what seemed like only a second, again....SHAKE SHAKE....That was 2:05am. That one felt harder. I couldn't really go back to sleep very well because I was thinking about it starting all over again.
My daughter sleeps through a lot of these quick shake ones that are about 3.0 on the scale,but this morning she said, "Hey, was there an earthquake last night?" She told me that she incorporated the earthquake in her dream,and wasn't too sure.
This got me thinking about the last big one and that we are due any time for another one of 6 or greater. The last one in 1989, I was pregnant with Caitlin,and working at a children's clothing store. Right before it happened, I felt really nauseated and had a splitting headache. I looked out of the window as the earth began to move,and saw the road almost moving in a wave pattern,and all the street lamps rocking back and forth. Afterwards, I really didn't think much of it,until my husband came home from work,and we went to pick up my oldest daughter from preschool. We turned on the radio,and all the reports started to flood in about the Bay Bridge collapsing. David was so lucky to have decided that day to come home early with a co-worker,had he not, he would have been stuck in San Francisco!
Watching China suffering from their latest quake, really makes me wonder, When is it our turn??
Sorry this is a scary and depressing post,but I just couldn't shake that odd feeling I had last night in the wee hours of the morning.
I love the city by the bay,but sometimes I get a little scared.