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Nov 17, 2009

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

So we were sitting in Zenberry Coffee Shop as usual this morning when I suddenly noticed all of the pendant lights above us were swinging back and forth. We looked around and saw that all the perimeter lights were swinging too. 

We were right next to the train tracks but we all agreed no train had gone by. It went on for quite some time. There was no feeling of movement anywhere else. Just the ominous swinging lights.  Apparently I had "eyes as big as pool balls" while sitting in my usual seat, furthest back in the corner of the shop. There are 3 stories of condominiums above us. Yikes. 
Apparently it was a 6.6 magnitude earthquake a ways north of us and down our coastline. No damages or injuries anywhere as far as I know. Either it was the earthquake or we really need to lay off the caffeine.


A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred early Tuesday Nov. 17, 2009 in the Queen Charlotte Islands region (as indicated in map) off of B.C.'s central west coast, according to Earthquakes Canada.
Photo Credit: Screen grab, Google Maps

24 comments:

Barb said...

OMG- I would still be shaking.
Thank you for helping me out. I am going to give it a try. YOU ROCK MS LORI E.

hugs,
Barb

Karen said...

I know the feeling well. It happened fairly often while we were living in Mexico. There is absolutely NO sensation like it! Hope you enjoyed the "ride". And I also hope it is a rare and undamaging occurance in the future.

Joanne said...

I think I was driving but that must have been a heck of a roller to be felt almost 1300km away.

Hey I know that place and that corner - first time I ever met you - you were sitting there LOL.

See you on the 28th (did I get that right??)

mbkatc230 said...

Yikes! An earthquake? I assume that doesn't happen in your part of the world much. I would have chalked it up to too much expresso and promised to cut down! Hope you have a great week! Kathy

Blondie's Journal said...

You were smart to rule out the train.

xoxo
Jane

MysticFish said...

WOW! My eyes also would have been HUGE. Earthquakes are pretty crazy. Hope all is well!

Jane said...

Wow! That's spooky! I don't want to experience an earthquake - seems to unpredictable & without warning! At least when we get hurricanes - we get like a weeks notice. Glad no one was hurt!

Greta Koehl said...

This description sent chills up my spine! And to think that I felt bad when I was younger that the "big ones" didn't hit California until after I had moved away.

Gail said...

Wow, I would be running to an open space but I wouldn't have know what it was.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Wow--You had better lay off of such strong coffee!! A long time ago when I visited Japan, they were always having quakes--s bit un-nerving to say the least.

Sue said...

I'm glad I wasn't there with you- my poor sore head couldn't have withstood it! What a scary situation.
We woke up to a minor quake here in Ohio 2 years ago. OH does NOT get quakes, so it was really spooky! I thought I was dreaming. Thanks for being a sweet friend, Lucy- hugs, Ethel

susan said...

Lori-Glad all is okay. I am sitting on the New Madrid Fault--they tell us a ticking time bomb--at least in next 1000 years :) Yes, it was spray paint--and I rolled the top of the table with a roller. I did not give details, because it was embarassingly easy :)

DianaR said...

Hi Lori ~
I know that's you've already received this...but I just HAD to nominate you for the Kreativ Blogger award!! You have SUCH a beautiful "place" over here!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Wow, and you didn't run freakin out of the building? I just found out after reading your post that there was one today.

That's what I get for working so much.

Jen

Lou said...

Crikey that's a big quake. Scary stuff.

Housewife Savant said...

Nothing like a little excitement to fill in those pesky spaces between heartbeats.

Mocha said...

I would assume it was the coffee, too. But hey! You survived to tell the tale. Sounds like quite a ride.

Florida Sue said...

That is frightening Lucy. I am glad that there was no harm done. They have a simulated earthquake experience at Disney. Scared the crap out of me.

XOLucy

Joyce said...

Oh my I know how you feel as I use to live in San Francisco. I hate that feeling of every thing moving that is not suppose to be moving. Yikees!
Joyce

Michelle said...

Earthquakes are scary no doubt about it. I loved in NV right on the fault line and we had tremors all the time. Moved in Chicago and we had a small earthquake in 1986. I knew what it was immediately but nothing was on the news.

Called the police and they thought I was some sort of kook. But the hair was standing up on my dog and cat so I knew I was not imagining it.

Finally, abt 9 pm on the news they announced Chicago had had an earthquake..just a little one, but still scared me.

Glad you and yours are safe!!!

Blondewithbrains said...

Did you turn to your husband and ask him if the earth moved for him like it did for you?!?!? LOL...We didnt feel it at all up in the Okanagan...

Maggie B said...

Whoa, mega scary. Maybe you should start drinking tea??
Maggie

Janean said...

i've been in one earthquake that i was aware of...as a kid...i thought it was AWESOME. kids! LOL.

matron said...

When i was in England (a long time ago ) we had an earth tremor,all the cups and plates rattled and we felt as if we were on a boat when we stood up.We had a very large aquarium built into a wall,we did not think we had any damage from the quake untill several hours later when we found the carpet swimming with water and the fish floundering at the bottom of the tank.The tank had cracked in half,we did manage to save most of the fish by putting them in the bath untill we could replace the tank.

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