Sunday, May 29, 2011

Our Earthquake

It hardly seems possible but the greater Northeast Philadelphia area was hit with a 1.7 earthquake on Friday night. Dr. Pitts, from the Franklin Institute, warned that aftershocks would occur, probably unnoticeable. Now I know why one of my delicately balanced orchid plants fell yesterday. And today, while we were watching the Phillies, it's still early in the game, third inning, and the Phillies are losing 8 to 1, a collection of straw serving bowls fell with such a thunderous noise that we thought something terrible happened to our house. We are attributing both unusual tumbles to earthquake aftershocks and hope it's nothing more serious.

I would not want to live in San Francisco, or on the Big Island of Hawaii for that matter, where such aftershocks and small earthquakes are normal. I don't think I could ever adjust to the "normalcy" of having the very ground under my feet move. Several years ago, there was a similar small earthquake that was centered in Delaware. We were sitting on the third floor and, when the bookcases started to sway, we fled downstairs.

Another time, we heard what we thought was a train or a large convoy of trucks. Again, the house shook, and again, it was an earthquake. We seem to remember that it was in the vicinity of a 3 on the Richter Scale. This rumble noise woke us up in the middle of the night and it wasn't until the next morning that we learned we had experienced an earthquake.

So far, so good. No damage from the earthquakes.

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