Well, I guess you just never know when your early training and experiences will come in handy!
As most of you know, I spent many years of my life in California. During my school days I participated in more earthquake drills than I care to remember. Even a shorter and thinner version of me was difficult to shove under a desk or nearby table at the sound of an alert! And the four times as an adult that I was near enough to a real earthquake to need protection there wasn’t a desk or table close enough to shelter me. I just sat or stood in stunned disbelief until each was over. Well, actually I was on my hands and knees waxing a floor when the biggest one transpired.
I thought when we moved to Oklahoma I would be terrified every time it stormed. However, I quickly noticed one very significant difference between an earthquake and a tornado. There are indications of an impending tornado and Oklahoma has an excellent warning system. That doesn’t mean the storms aren’t dangerous or that some Oklahoma towns haven’t suffered tremendous damages in recent years. What it does mean is that most storms don’t just occur suddenly in the blink of an eye on an otherwise clear sunny day!! That’s the terrible reality of an earthquake. NO warning signs. One second you’re waxing the floor and the next second you’re sprawled across it.
So…this morning when I told Gary I felt an earthquake and he looked at me like I was suffering from dementia…I had flashbacks of those early drills and the few major quakes I felt in CA. Sure enough, there were four quakes today. The one I felt was the 4.3. I guess I’d better be prepared for more because Oklahoma has had 67 earthquakes in the last 30 days. I think I’ll go see if I can fit under the dining room table.