A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
I woke up this morning a little after 3:00 am because my bed was shaking. I realized that we were having an earthquake but that we were not shaking violently enough to be worried. My dog got up and walked over to me to make sure that his owners were safe and returned to his bed. My daughter woke up and realized that she was feeling her first earthquake (or at least the first one that she knew about while it was happening). My wife slept through everything. I made a mental note to check the internet in the morning to see where the epicenter was located, the magnitude, and whether there was any damage.
But the quake was not so gentle everywhere as it was at our home. The epicenter was north of San Francisco, in Napa. It was magnitude 6.0 (the Loma Prieta quake in 1989 was a 6.9 – almost double the strength of this morning’s quake). I don’t think that any deaths were caused by the quake, but there were several injuries – some quite serious. Several gas mains broke, some water mains broke (with the result that an entire mobile home park burned without water to put out the fire), and about 30,000 people lost their power.
Earthquakes are the natural disaster here in California – but we don’t get tornados, hurricanes, bitter cold, or high humidity. All in all, I consider northern California to be paradise – even with the earthquakes.