Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shake It Up, Baby!

"Shake it up, Baby, twist and shout!"

Well, there was a lot of shaking around here, but no twisting and shouting in my apartment! If you haven't heard yet, there was an earthquake here in Southern California. The epi-center was located in Chino Hills, which is about 30 miles from me in Long Beach. It's actually quite a bit closer to Jim and Marilyn but they're okay as well. I guess they had a few things topple over, but I didn't have any of that.

I was sleeping, since I worked last night, but it was strong enough to wake me up. I woke up, realizing almost immediately that I just felt an earthquake. My first instinct was to hop out of bed and when my feet hit the floor I realized it was still shaking. It stopped quickly after that, and I wandered around my apartment, saw that nothing had moved, and was so tired I went straight back to bed thinking "I'll inspect stuff later and check out the news later". Remember, it was the middle of my night!

So, I woke up a short time ago and can see that nothing in my apartment moved at all, except that my cell phone fell on the floor. I think that's from the vibrations of people calling to check in on me, though! Thanks for worrying about me!

I flipped on the news to see that it was a 5.4 magnitude earthquake, which is considered moderate. No serious injuries have been reported yet, and there have been some structures damaged, but it doesn't appear to be anything to major. Speaking of "major", for all you Twin Cities blog-readers, you might be interested to know that when I turned on the news, I was greeted by Paul Magers face! He was a 20-year anchor at KARE TV in Minneapolis, and since I haven't actually lived in Minneapolis in a long time, I haven't paid attention to the fact that he's no longer there. It turns out he's originally from CA and has come back to his home state (I read the website). He's a little blonder from the California sun, but otherwise the same calm and funny guy that I enjoyed getting my news from.

Well, I better get ready for work, but wanted to let you all know that I'm safe and sound, and secretly excited that I felt an earthquake while I lived here -as long as no one and nothing got hurt!

UPDATE: As I looked around my apartment a little better, I found a few picture frames that tipped over, and a couple of pictures on the wall that aren't centered anymore. I'm so glad that's it!


kjersten said...

so glad you're okay!!!

Anonymous said...

Kari Kari Kari.. so glad you are okay!!!

Susan said...

I was wondering if you had felt the shaking. Glad you are okay. One more experience for you to add to the list.
Take care.

Krista Koljonen said...

Kari, I'm relieved to hear that you are a-okay!

doug&margarethe said...

Glad you are okay! Thanks for calling.

Eric, Maralee, & Baby S said...

Good to hear you're safe and sound! Now you can say you've had the true California experience!!

The Erickson Family said...

Glad to hear that everything was fine for you! I think earthquakes are kind of fun, but I haven't been in any big ones. :o)

Leingang Family said...

Glad you are okay!