Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake!?!

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.

3 comments:

Nichols Family said...

Yikes! There are just too many earthquakes going on. I'm also glad no one was under your bed... although it would have been funny if one of your boys hid under there then fell asleep.

Curtis, Chanda and Kalyn Moore said...

There was an earthquake that hit the east coast on Tuesday. Dc, Maryland, nyc, Virginia and even Michigan felt it. Very strange.... that would make 3 days in a row.

Kim said...

haha, I was laughing out loud and had to read this out loud to Jeff (sorry, he asked why I was laughing). Thanks for the visual of twitching in bed. lol!