Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Story in Which the Earth Quakes

So today I was just minding my own business, sitting in my Mom's room, doing my science - The Human Body (Apologia). I was reading about some different things about anatomy when I felt the room start to shake.

Being the ever graceful girl that I am, I ran from her room and down the stairs, leaving my school books behind. I mean seriously, who cared about school books when the whole house was shaking?

Anyway, I ran down the steps and yelled, "DID YOU FEEL THAT?". Mom, from the dining room, said that yes, she had felt it, but wasn't sure what it was. We were both freaked out.

Of course, our worst thoughts were that the house was falling down or something of that sort. Obviously you can tell we're not the most optimistic people in the world, eh?

After looking outside and noticing that the neighbors were having work done to their garage, we were pretty sure that could be the source of our house shaking. So we let it go for a while.

Until a few minutes later we noticed that people were writing emails and posts on facebook about this amazing phenomenon that was happening on the east coast.

An earthquake in North Carolina? This just didn't seem right.
Aftershocks in central PA? Even weirder.

Thinking about earthquakes on the east coast just sounds strange and a tad bit scary. i mean sure, we've got hurricanes and tornadoes, but earthquakes? I thought no way.

So today, as I felt the house shake and thought the bookshelf in my mom's room was going to fall on me, I realized that even though things might not be COMMON where we live, that doesn't mean that it won't happen.

I just hope that we don't ever have to experience that again.
Because earthquakes are scary.
Even if it's just a tremor.

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