Shaken, Not Stirred

I was in the kitchen getting a glass of water when the room began to shimmy, and the refrigerator actually wobbled, and it went on for much longer than I expected. The house rumbled and creaked. Dishes rattled in the cupboards. The only thing that fell was my Chapstick, which rolled off the bookcase.

The quake was 5.6. The strongest I’ve ever experienced. The epicenter was 12 miles away from us in Alum Rock. I’ve hiked there.

Did not like! I filed a report with the USGS. On the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, it calculated my rating as a V (Moderate).

This reminded me that we need to get more water for our at-home and go-bag emergency kits, now that we have Pixie.

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2 Comments on “Shaken, Not Stirred”

  1. Kim Says:

    I was chatting on a message board with some friends last night when one of them suddenly posted about the quake, having felt it while watching tv. That is so scary. I don’t know how you California people handle it. I think I’d freak.

  2. Karen Says:

    Amazing post for 2 reasons:
    1. Good to know that Chapstick can absorb the hit.
    2. The first and last biggie quake I felt was when Georgia was Claire’s age today. We grabbed her in the night and ran out to the backyard (?) whereupon we realized there was no escape.
    Later on that morning we took our first flight to Texas so my Mom could meet G. A momentous day all around.

    Oh! And today is the last day of Mercury retrograde too.