So, we just had an earthquake and 2 aftershocks tonight. The one at 8:03pm was a 3 pointer and we didn’t feel it. Even though it was near my mom, she didn’t feel it but she remembers brushing her teeth at that time and thinking about an earthquake.
At around 9:13pm I was in the kitchen with my son Kaleo teaching him how to make spam musubi when the cabinets and counter started shaking. I looked at him and said, “Oh, it’s an earthquake.” He didn’t know what it was at first. He thought the sink was going to explode. That was the aftershock of the earthquake at 8:03, but it was bigger. It was a 5.3 and felt all the way in Arizona. Wow. This time my mom felt it, too.
I’ve been in a big earthquake before, so I know what it’s like. This one was scary, but not that big. I usually wait to see if they get bigger. I don’t start running for cover unless I hear the loud banging and feel the ground shaking like I did in the big one I was in.
I went to see if my son Bodhi was okay and not freaked out. He was just sitting down playing his video game on the Xbox like he didn’t even care.
Kaleo, on the other hand, was scared. He said, “Aaagh! My legs are weak now!” He said his heart was beating hard. Mine was, too, but I was laughing at him. I told him another one was probably going to hit which would be the aftershock. He went under the table. I told him they weren’t going to hit that soon. He’ll be there all night.
I called my mom since it was so close to her house. As I was talking to her, another one hit. I ran to get the kids and stood in the hallway where nothing could fall on us. They were scared, but the quake didn’t reach us. Sometimes it takes several seconds before it reaches you depending on how far away it is.
Ever since I was in the big earthquake, my body goes through some sort of post-traumatic stress or something every time we have an earthquake. It’s involuntary. My mind knows the earthquake isn’t that strong and it’s nothing to worry about, but my skin feels like it is being pricked with a thousand needles and my heart races. This time I didn’t feel the needles and I hope it finally went away after all these years.
This one tonight was a rolling earthquake which is not as bad as the ones that shake up and down. When the big one hit, my friend said he couldn’t even walk through the house because the house was shaking so badly.
My kids are scared and hiding under their blankets, like that’s going to do any good. It’s the first earthquake they have been in that they have been awake for.
We just had an earthquake a week or so ago. It seems unusual to have another fairly big one so soon. Big enough to feel anyway. It’s probably partly because of the weather. This week has been fairly cold. Well in the 70s. That’s cool for us. Plus it’s supposed to rain in a couple of days.
The full moon was a little under 2 weeks ago. Jim Berklund was right again. I just posted on this topic last week. Full moon, road kill, lost pets. I think that headaches or dizziness are also an indication. I had a slight headache yesterday. Maybe it’s the electromagnetic pull from under the earth that is pulling at the fluid in the inner ear or maybe the brain to cause the headaches and dizziness. My friend at the gym said she got dizzy tonight. That could’ve been from her workout, though. Who knows?
My mom and friend think we are going to have a bigger one coming soon. I have the same feeling. Hopefully we’re wrong.
It makes me think of Yellowstone. That caldera is overdue to blow. That would be really scary if it erupted. I hope all this activity doesn’t mean it’s getting ready.
Okay, it’s late and I’m falling asleep. If we do have an aftershock tonight, I might just sleep right through it.
Kimberly Robello - Writer, Artist, Mom