Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shake, Rattle and Roll

We didn't feel yesterday's earthquake on the East Coast. When I heard about it I tried calling my friend Sue in Maryland, but it took almost two hours till I could get thru. She experienced some things bouncing around on tables and falling off shelves, but no real damage.

I've experienced two earthquakes myself. The first was when I lived in Syracuse on the third floor of a high rise apartment building. It happened early in the morning and I was asleep. Suddenly I woke up hearing the closet doors rattling and I felt sick, a lot like a case of car sickness. My dog Libby was  scratching at the front door and whining to get out. It only lasted seconds and there was no damage to our area.

The second earthquake was when we lived in Maryland. Bentley, who was extremely sensitive to weather conditions, started barking and racing around from front door to back door and back again. I didn't feel anything, but the news came on that there had been an earthquake. Dogs can be excellent forecasters of earthquakes and tornadoes.
When we moved to Missouri we did our homework and learned that we live not far from the New Madrid fault. In 1811-12 there were three large earthquakes on that fault line that are the largest recorded in the US. Now I wasn't thrilled to be moving to tornado alley, but living near a fault line was just as bad. We carry earthquake insurance on our house and we aren't about to drop that coverage.
Now the East Coast is preparing for a hurricane. Mother Nature has sure been in a bad mood this year.


Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We East Coast pups could use a bit of rain, but we hope the wind lays low.

Benny and Lily said...

We were just sending you love from CA
Benny & Lily

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♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Our human brother has been through a couple of bad ones in Californina, but it doesn't seem to bother folks out there at all.

We are with you about Mother Nature, we hope the hurricane really doesn't do the damage they are predicting. And we don't even want to think about what winter will bring unless it is glorious snow.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

SissySees said...

The History Channel (or whatever network) had a special or two on the New Madrid fault line... chilling stuff.

We have flood insurance even though no one thinks I need it. Guess now I'll have to look for earthquake too. Do you have a separate carrier for that?

Maggie Mae said...

Mom didn't feel da earthquake yesterday but dad did. Hopefully Irene will not come and visit us in upstate NY but da TeeVee is sayin' it will. :(

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

scotsmad said...

You are right about Mother Nature being in a bad mood!

Our auntie in Northern Va said her house was rockin', but there was not damage, just a bit of excitement.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Maggie and Mitch said...

We have never experienced an earthquake and we hope we never do!
Mother Nature has been in a difficult mood this past year for sure!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

I didn't feel a thing either, but I bet I will notice that hurricane.


Mr. Pip said...

Mother Nature is not happy that's for sure. Hopefully, Irene heads out to sea away from the coast.

Your pal, Pip

Stella said...

You got me curious and I found a 3.9 quake here in my little town in January of 1939, (in Minnesota).
I was only 3 months old so have no recollection of this.

Statewde there were 3's and 4s with one 5 back in the i800s.

If we got an earthquake in the snowy winter, would it cause an avalanche? Will we ever run out of things to wonder about?

Cheers and hugs all around.
Jo and Stella

bichonpawz said...

We wish Mother Nature would perk up in the mood sure has been a bad year!! We finally got just a tiny bit of rain tonight...and a little thunder..but that's all. Hope it's cooling down a bit for you!!

Marjie said...

Thor slept right through the earthquake. Maybe he thought someone was rocking him and singing lullabies!