“What do I do?! What do I do?” I was on the telephone to my husband.
“It’s not stopping! It’s not stopping!” I screamed, as the bed heaved and the chest of drawers moved back and forth. He pulled over on the side of the road to listen to my ranting.
He started laughing. I told him “it isn’t funny!” He replied with “Dang! My work truck is even shaking – man this IS a good one!!” (Thanks dear that really helps my “chicken” heart!)
“The inside wind-chimes are going crazy! It’s not stopping! Do I run outside or stay sitting on the bed?” At that point our Mastiff-Ridgeback 2 year old ‘puppy’ came bounding in with wild eyes, as if to say “what the heck is happening?!?
It was only a 6.2 earthquake…….you would think, that living on a fault line, and Alaska having dozens of earthquakes a day we’d be used to them. But when they are over 6, and last for what seems forever, yes, at least I get a little shaken. (I could have been my son, who was only about 15 miles from the epicenter, out surveying, having the ground beneath him shake!) Yes, pictures are askew, and I’ve noticed a couple other things, but all in all things are ok (except my blood pressure with the after shocks!)
Then, the funniest happened about 15 minutes after the quake.
While I was getting ready to finally settle down and do some writing, I hear an unusual chime go off 7 times. I’d never heard the sound before. What was THAT? We DO have a clock collection, so I gingerly (still heart pounding) made my way upstairs, and low and behold, a cuckoo clock from my husband’s grandparents from “The Old Country” (Holland/Germany) that had not worked in well over 20 years, was running – and the time it had last stopped was just before 7. So the seven chimes I heard – yep – 7 o’clock!!
So? What will YOU do in a 6.2?
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.