Last night I was lying in bed, just drifting off to sleep when I felt the bed shake. Adam was downstairs working, so my eyes immediately flew open. "Was that an earthquake?!" I thought to myself. Then I reminded myself that I live in Colorado, which doesn't happen to be a particularly seismologically active place. My next thought was, "Oh my gosh, someone is under my bed!" For the next several moments I toyed with the idea of getting up and turning on the light to check, but after telling myself that it was incredibly improbable that someone was under there, I dismissed that idea, too. Then I wondered if perhaps it was me that shook the bed--that as I was dozing off, maybe I jerked or twitched enough that it moved the bed. I can't believe that I am admitting this in a public forum, but I spent the next several minutes intentionally twitching to see how much it made the bed move. After a few moments of this, I wasn't completely convinced that I had created the movement, but I reminded myself that it was very late (Adam and I had been discussing a fascinating book that we have both been reading) and 6AM was coming soon, so I decided I needed to let my overactive imagination rest so the rest of me, could, too.
And that was the end of that. Or so I thought...
Against the odds, I did manage to drag myself out of bed at 6 this morning to go run. On my way to the gym, I heard on the radio that last night Colorado had experienced its largest earthquake in over 40 years. I immediately wondered if it could have possibly been around quarter 'til midnight, at the time when I felt my bed shake. The radio announcer didn't elaborate where the epicenter was, or what time it had occurred, so I determined to find out when I got home.
Sure enough, on the Denver Post website, it said the magnitude-5.3 quake had happened at 11:46 PM, down by the Colorado/New Mexico border. It mentioned that people in Colorado Springs had reportedly felt a tremor. And I can add that some 55 miles north of the Springs in a little town called Parker, I felt it, too! Adam said he didn't notice anything, and I probably wouldn't have, either, if I hadn't been lying in bed on the verge of sleep when it happened.
What's even stranger about this is the fact that a magnitude-5.8 earthquake also occurred last night in Virginia, only about 150 miles from where my brother and his family live (yes, I used google maps to check this out). Two earthquakes in two places where they almost never happen. Pretty interesting.
I'm just glad nobody was under my bed.
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