The house shook quite a bit. You could hear this thing. A deep rumbling noise. The feeling was rather like being on a train going over rough track and swaying some. Stuff jittered and moved.
I took a second or two trying to decide whether this was an earthquake, (get outside) or a nuclear strike on Washington,(duck and cover,) decided on earthquake and yelled for the kids (my own and five friends) to get out.
They were all -- 'Get in a doorway' -- which was good enough practice as that went, but this seemed to be a long rumbly one rather than a 'house coming down around us right now' one, so I got them outdoors.
I was so proud of them for being knowledgeable and wise.
It lasted a while. I think I could have recited the whole Gettysburg Address if I had kept up a fast clip.
This is my -- I had to think about this a while -- third good shaker of a quake and my fifth quake if you count a couple little bitty tremors. And it's in Virginia. I didn't feel any quakes when I lived in California.
I didn't even have stuff shake off the shelves. This is in part because I do not have shelves full of breakable stuff. I have books. The TV slid across the old wood chest I keep it on but did not fall over and break, which is a pity since it is the TV-that-will-not-die and dates from the Seventies and has tubes in it.
My friend who owns an antique shop just about ground zero says a lot of little brickabrack suicided.
The DH was outside working on the motorcycle. The shaking made it hard for him to keep his footing. He said the walls of the house moved and flexed in an interesting manner.
I have not been down to look at the foundation or checked the chimney. These will no doubt tell us if they are no longer tight in their own good time by (a) flooding or (b) setting the house on fire.
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This removes all nervousness. The government would not lie to me.
I did not feel a sense of foreboding and would have been of no use whatsoever to my primitive tribe in warning them of impending danger.
I did feel rather odd afterwards.
But then, one would. I wasn't scared, but my chest felt tight and my stomach was unsettled.
You cannot possibly be interested in the details. Really.
The animals did not act oddly beforehand.
They are obviously less sensitive than Chinese chickens.
I have long suspected this.
The cat was deeply distressed, however, when it struck and went streaking out of the house to jump around in the leaves out back, scared of the way the ground was acting.
The dog slept through it.
We've had a few little aftershocks.