Thursday, March 29, 2007

Earth-Shaking Experiences

Remember last month when I told about the little terremoto at 2:30 in the morning? How Bryan snored his way right on through it and had no clue anything was amuck? Well, it happened again this morning. At about 6:30 the building starting shaking and the doors were lightly swaying. It felt kind of like being bounced on a ball for about five or six seconds. Then it stopped and I just laughed. Bryan, once again, missed it. In fact, he thought I was joking when I told him about it. He's obviously a deeper sleeper than I. Fortunately, I look around at the ancient buildings that have survived thus far despite being in an apparent earthquake zone and feel some sort of security that we'll not be in peril. It's just a little bit of an odd sensation to be awakened by the ground moving beneath me . I guess the terra firma isn't so firma after all.

3 comments:

Carole (K.C.) said...

Ciao Valerie,

I know the feeling you're going thru. I lived in Sicily (where I'm from)during the 1968 earthwake. After the big one that destroyed buildings and houses in many little towns, we were getting the little tremors that persisted for many days afterwards. I could feel them coming before my family ever did and would warn them. You brought back a lot of memories from those days.

Valerie said...

Carole, That's quite a gift you have to be able to feel them first. NM has fault lines all over but we never actually felt the ground moving like here. It's a weird feeling.

According to the newspaper, the "scossa all'alba" registered 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Anonymous said...

Valerie,
There are earthquakes almost everyday in Italia. You can track the quakes by going to the web site www.zang.ac.at/quakemap. It shows a detailed map of all the earthquakes, the size etc. An excellent site.