May 25, 2009

My Knees Are Shakin’

Three earthquakes in less than 4 hours in more than enough for me, thank you very much.

I was quietly sitting at my desk today at around 7:20 p.m. when all of a sudden everything started shaking around me. I looked at Tim, with my eyes (and his) as big as saucers, and felt my knees shake. Panic was written on both our faces, but because it lasted only about 5 seconds, we continued doing what we were doing. But 5 minutes later I about peed myself again. Another one, at which point I put my shoes on, grabbed my cell, and out the door we went… 6 stories down… in my nightie.

Now, it wouldn’t be so bad if we lived in a house. But when you live 6 stories off the ground, things change a little – none of that stand-under-the-door-frame mumbo-jumbo would work, because if the building decides to come down, you go with it. Damn scary, I tell ya! I couldn’t even walk down the stairs properly because my legs felt like they were not mine.

But, everybody seemed calm and we went back upstairs. I checked the news, the earthquake epicenter was about 100 miles south-west from Sofia at the Macedonian-Greek-Bulgarian border, with magnitude of about 5.0 on the Richter scale , so reason to panic (I send my prayers to those people who live near that area).

At 10:37 p.m., however, we go again! That one was short and not so strong, but oh my, my nerves had already flared up. Out the door we went again.

We haven’t felt anything since that last one (other than the fact I keep thinking everything is shaking). News reported it’s been over 100 micro-earthquakes since the first one we felt, and that there’s been seismic activity in the area since yesterday. Oh, and that we can expect this to continue for the next couple of weeks. Hello? Are you serious? I have a feeling I will die of heart-attack any time soon.

It’s time for me to go to bed, but oh my, how I am so afraid to do so. It’s all dark and creepy. But oh well, we have to sleep, don’t we? I seriously think it’s nothing to be afraid of, but my heart skips a beat when I even think about it, and leaps from my chest when the ‘quakes actually happens.

But to make this post a wee bit more cheerful, here’s a few photos to make me (and hopefully, you) feel better!





Here’s hoping for a tremorless night.


[Click on images for sources.]


Design it Chic said...

oh my, 3 earthquakes in one day??? that's a lot of activity:)) Hope no more to come!!! Oh and the 6th floor??? really?? i hated when we used to live at the 4th.. good thing we now live at 2nd:) closer to the ground right?:)))
I wish you a restful day and much less earthquake-ish:)


Melanie said...

How scary! Earthquakes are not common where I live and I only experienced one once. I was in my basement with my daughter and I heard what sounded like an explosion. I ran up and told my husband who looked at me like I was crazy. It was in the newspaper the next day that it was a mild earthquake.

I can't imagine a REAL earthquake!

T. W. Anderson said...

I never dealt with them until moving here. Living in Colorado, I never felt them at all. Then, last year, I experienced the first, which was a 4.2 that had its epicenter here in Sofia. Talk about panic!

Then this past weekend, dealing with the initial earthquake and 2 aftershocks...well let's just say that both of us woke up out of our sleep last night when the other person got in/out of bed, thinking that the bed was shaking from an earthquake. Paranoia strikes!

Rose Charles said...

that sounds terrifying!

lovely photos :-)

Rose XXX

Heart in the country said...

I'm glad you are ok, although it must have been terrifying! I hope the news is wrong and you don't have the 'shakes' for the next few weeks.

Me & My House said...

Wow, Evy...I cannot even imagine! That is so crazy but I am glad that you guys are okay. Loved the pics too...they DID make me happy! Have a great Tuesday! -Kennesha

Kristin said...

OMG how frightening. I'm glad you're ok! Happy thoughts are being sent your way!

eva said...

Scary! We had a fairly large one in CA the week before. Love the photos!