And then the earth moved

Blue Marble
Some groundbreaking (see what I just did there) news!  Although it's only the beginning of 2015, the end of days has fast forwarded through this year and arrived in grand fashion.

Today in Dallas, Texas (emphasis on the Texas part), we had four earthquakes in the span of five hours.  Although I didn't feel the subsequent three, I was in my office on the fifth floor when the first one hit and at first, I thought it was building maintenance knocking about on the roof.  However, it was too deep and prolonged of a rumbling to be heavy machinery, and sure enough, seconds later Twitter confirmed the first quake to hit North Texas.  The second one occurred while I was on horseback and thank goodness, neither Ryon nor I noticed a thing or he would have been shaking in his boots (oh snap).  I'm bracing myself for the next one to come; time to pull out the earthquake emergency kit oh wait this is Texas and so we aren't prepared for those types of situations.  How do you even have an earthquake drill?  Does everyone find a doorway to stand in?  California folks, enlighten me.

Perhaps instead I should be readying myself for a winter storm that is expected for Saturday with snow.  Earth shattering (zing), right?  It's as if with all the other commotion going on (like the Dallas Cowboys), Mother Nature decided to remind us that HEY I'M STILL HERE.  Yes ma'am we do hear you and appreciate you for reminding us that we are all miniature mites on this blue-green marble we call Earth.


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  2. oh, wow, that must have been weird. I have yet to experience my first earthquake. I take it it's not normal for Texas???

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  3. Gosh! Texas weather can be cray cray! And I seriously didn't know that the state has that much seismic activity! I hope that's it for you guys. XOXO

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  4. The quakes just got mentioned on the news here. Hopefully they're done for the next 100 years or so. When DC had a quake several years ago, I thought the subway station under my building had been bombed. Glad you (and Ryon) are okay.

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  5. Texas, huh? I guess I remember that there's a fault out there in the middle somewhere, but FOUR? That would make me nervous. I've been in plenty of earthquakes from our time in CA, and yes, I've stood under door frames. Some have been like thunderclaps and some have been that deep rumble you describe. The last earthquake I was in was here in VA. I was in an IKEA and knew right away what was going on (all that rattling glassware), but all of those around me were worried about a Pentagon bombing. Cal and a friend were at the top of a roller coaster at the same time and never felt a thing. ;)

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  6. FOUR earthquakes? Yikes. I remember when I experienced my first earthquake a few years ago. Didn't even know it was happening! But when it was confirmed, everyone here made such a huge deal out of it. Meanwhile, all the California folk were like, ""Yawn, that's small potatoes".

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  7. Four? That sounds so creepy! I have never experienced an earthquake but I can imagine how scary it must feel! Stay safe! Hope there won't be any more earthquakes!

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  8. eeeeek! WE don't get so much weather here in England. Lots of rain though actually flooding has been terrible in recent years, but no rumbling. I would freak, for sure x

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  9. FOUR earthquakes?? That's crazy! I'm glad to hear you're okay. I would be totally freaked out (still haven't felt any here in SF but definitely not looking forward to the day I do). From what I've heard, you're supposed to get under a desk or table, something sturdy to protect you from falling objects, and hold on. The doorway thing is a myth - they're not actually any stronger than the rest of the building! Keeping my fingers crossed you don't have anymore, though. Snow is enough of a pain to deal with without the added earthquakes!

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  10. Eeck! I would be terrified! I was on a work trip to LA when there was an earthquake in Virginia and my husband was freaked out. I have never experienced one and I hope I never do!!

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  11. I will enlighten you the way I was enlightened by my boss when I arrived in California: "Just remember: Duck, cover, and hold. You feel the ground shaking? You duck, you take cover, and you hold. Go under your desk. Now, in a larger earthquake, the outside wall might fall off. If we see the wall fall off the building, we are not going to want to stay under our desks." Clear as mud, right?
    Glad you are fine and Ryon didn't get freaked out.

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  12. We had an earthquake in Philly a few years ago, and it was the surrealist thing. My computer monitor actually started shaking, but no one in the office thought, "earthquake!" because, well, it's Philly! Since when are there earthquakes here?? I'm glad you didn't get freaked out, and that Ryon didn't even notice! xo

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  13. Wow, that's a lot of earthquakes! LOL you confirmed one via Twitter. I do that too ;). We experienced our first 'real' earthquake two years ago, I think. All of us east-coasters headed outside. All of the west-coasters hid under their desks. Guess we should formulate some kind of drill. Stay safe!

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  14. A lot of weird things are happening around the world lately. Glad you're all okay. The first time I've experienced earthquake, I thought someone was bulldozing and demolishing our apartment. We hid under a solid table because there was nowhere, no open spaces to run.

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  15. earth quakes are so scary! I haven't been in a big one since I was a little kid- but totally scary. glad everyone was ok!

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  16. I couldn't believe it on Tuesday, when I checked my facebook and my newsfeed was blowing up with 'EARTHQUAKE' from all of my Dallas friends! What a scary way to start off 2015! I'm glad you're safe x

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  17. What in the world? We had one in Idaho, too. Apparently, some were saying they could feel tremors in Boise . . . but I think maybe they should stop drinking at 10 a.m. ;)

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  18. when i was a teenager, way back in the early 90's i was asleep and i woke up and my legs were shaking. i thought i was having a seizer until i looked around my room and saw everything swaying. that's the biggest (only?) earthquake i have ever felt. earthquakes scare me because you know in portland we are due (overdue?) for the BIG one. so i feel like that's a pretty valid fear. no big ones anywhere please.

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  19. Yikes! I only remember one earthquake that was tiny, my bed vibrated a little and another one that apparently had buildings swaying in Boston but we were in the basement of a 200 year old building that didn't even wiggle. I guess I'd be about as prepared as you were. Have you had any more? Did you get snow?

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